New All-Star U.S. and European Films Confirmed for DIFF 2005

Wed Nov 09,2005

Dubai, November 09, 2005 – At least three brand new all-star comedies and dramas currently debuting in cinemas across the United States and Europe will be arriving within weeks at the second Dubai International Film Festival. In a programming coup for the Dubai Festival, the critically acclaimed drama In Her Shoes, sparkling romantic comedy Elizabethtown and the as yet unreleased star vehicle Pride and Prejudice have all been confirmed for the December 11 – 17 event. The first two films opened at the U.S. box office only weeks ago, and the Jane Austen classic opens there next week. The three films are only a taste of the new and cutting-edge films included in the Festival’s Contemporary World Cinema and Café Europe sections. The entire Festival program will be unveiled later this month. In Her Shoes, the alternately hilarious and heart-rending story of two sisters with nothing in common but shoe size, stars Cameron Diaz, Toni Collette and Shirley MacLaine. In the weeks following its October release, the film has moved from strength to strength at the box office, with many turning out to see director Curtis Hanson’s newest star-making effort after the wildly successful L.A. Confidential, Wonder Boys and 8 Mile. Elizabethtown, writer-director Cameron Crowe’s latest offering, is also likely to strike a chord with UAE audiences, especially given star Orlando Bloom’s appearance at DIFF 2004 last December. Bloom plays a running shoe designer whose product fails miserably just as he gets the news that his father has died in faraway Elizabethtown, Kentucky. On a journey to claim the body, Bloom meets Kirsten Dunst’s flirty flight attendant, who is committed to helping him out of his funk. Crowe, whose work on Almost Famous and Jerry Maguire established his signature style and uncommon ability, helms this light-hearted Hollywood comedy that made its international debut at the recent Toronto International Film Festival. But it is perhaps Pride and Prejudice that is creating the largest buzz so far. The latest interpretation of Jane Austen’s classic tale of love and misunderstanding in class-conscious 18th century England remains faithful to the setting and period of the beloved novel, and stars Keira Knightley, Matthew Macfadyen, Donald Sutherland, Rosamund Pike, Dame Judi Dench and Brenda Blethyn. The film launched to great reviews in the United Kingdom in September but has yet to open in the United States, and if cast and crew lists are anything to go by, this is likely to be one of the biggest films of the year. Pride and Prejudice will feature in the Dubai International Film Festival’s new Café Europe program, while In Her Shoes and Elizabethtown are among the films included in the Festival’s Contemporary World Cinema program.

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