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It’s Not Over Yet!

Mon Dec 17,2007

DIFF 2007 Finishes Another Great Season with One More Day of Fabulous International Cinema

Dubai, December 15, 2007: The Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF) is by no means over for 2007. There is still one more day of the best in international cinema, including the screenings of the winning feature and documentary films for the Muhr Awards for Excellence in Arab Cinema.

The awards screenings offer a chance to see the strongest new Arab cinema. The Bronze, Silver and Gold Muhr Documentary finalists will screen at 13:00, 15:30, and 17:45 respectively in Cinestar Mall of the Emirates theatre 2. The Muhr Awards features will be the last films to screen at the festival: the Silver and Bronze winners will screen at 19:45 at Cinestar, while the Gold feature will screen at the same time at the Souk Madinat Jumeirah theatre.

In the early afternoon, Night Shadows explores 24 hours in the life of five socially-outcast people in Geneva who defy that city’s picture-postcard image; the film screens at 12:15 at Cinestar Theatre 1. Am Ende Kommen Touristen (And Along Come Tourists) screens at Cinestar 7 at 12:30. The film presents the story of a sensitive young German man who avoids his military service by volunteering to be the caregiver for a former Auschwitz inmate who refuses to leave the camp where he was once imprisoned.

Also at 12:30, viewers can catch Naalu Pennungal (Four Women), by Adoor Gopalakrishnan, at the Souk Madinat Jumeirah Theatre. The film depicts the subjugation of Indian women of the southern region of Kerala.  At 15:30 at the same venue, Before the Rains portrays the dilemma of a married British colonialist in 1930’s India who is caught having an affair with his housemaid.

From Bangladesh, Golam Rabbany Biplob’s Swopnodanay (On the Wings of Dreams) depicts a poor villager whose life turns upside down when he finds a wad of cash; the film screens at 15:15 at Cinestar 1. At the same time in Cinestar 7, Intimate Enemies shows the clash between an idealistic young lieutenant and a cynical sergeant in the occupying French army during Algeria’s War of Independence.

The final non-competition feature in the festival will be veteran genre director Johnnie To’s super stylish action thriller Exiled, to show at 18:15 at Cinestar 7. The film follows two Hong Kong hit men on a new assignment: to take out a renegade member trying to turn over a new leaf with his wife and baby. Two former associates vow to thwart them at any cost.

DIFF Box Offices are located at the Souk Madinat Jumeirah, the lobby of the CNN building at Dubai Media City, Cinestar at Mall of the Emirates, and the Grand Cineplex. Tickets can also be purchased online through the festival’s website at www.dubaifilmfest.com, or via the DIFF phone sales line on 04 367-6701.

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