Orlando Bloom Coming to Dubai Film Festival

Sat Dec 04,2004

Orlando Bloom, star of blockbuster epics Troy and Lord of the Rings, is coming to Dubai for the gala opening of the Dubai International Film Festival, Festival organizers confirmed yesterday. The 27-year-old actor will be arriving on December 5, one day before the six-day Festival kicks off, with co-stars from the Rings trilogy, family members and actor friends.

Bloom, also known for his performances in Pirates of the Caribbean and Black Hawk Down, will be on the red carpet prior to the Festival’s opening gala with actress Flora Montgomery and fellow Rings star Billy Boyd. Boyd played Peregrin ‘Pippin Took’ in the Tolkien-inspired trilogy.

“We are delighted to have Orlando as a guest of the Dubai International Film Festival,” said Neil Stephenson, Festival Director and CEO. “He has become one of Hollywood’s biggest names in a short period of time, and his presence here will add excitement to the kickoff of our Festival.”

Bloom, Montgomery and Boyd join the growing list of celebrities coming to Dubai’s first Film Festival. The Grudge star Sarah Michelle Gellar, better known for her role as the kick-boxing vampire slayer Buffy, and renowned actor-director Morgan Freeman have also confirmed their attendance, as have French heartthrob Nicolas Cazale, British-Indian director Gurinder Chadha, Indian star Anil Kapoor and world statesman Archbishop Desmond Tutu.

Preparations for the Festival are in their final stages, with operational headquarters moving from Dubai Media City to the Madinat Jumeirah, the epicenter of the Festival; industry delegates, actors and directors flying in from around the world, and key venues being readied for the opening on Monday night.

More than 75 films will be shown across the six Festival venues for the six days of the Festival. Crowning the first five days will be the gala screenings – Le Grand Voyage, Bollywood/Hollywood, Finding Neverland, The Grudge and Red Dust - selected from the key segments of the Festival.

Three DIFF box offices are currently open for business: at the CNN Building Lobby in Dubai Media City from 11 am to 6 pm until December 6, and until 8 pm during the Festival; at the Madinat Theatre in the Souk at Madinat Jumeirah from 11 am to 9 pm until December 6 and until 10.30 pm during the Festival; and at the Mercato mall from 10 am to 6.30 pm until December 6, and until 10.30 pm during the Festival.

Additional box offices will open on December 7 at the Madinat Arena, and at the Auditorium at the Jumeirah Beach Hotel on December 8.

Prices range from Dh. 10 for the four open-air “Screen on the Green” films (Lawrence of Arabia, Gagamboy (Spiderman), Mr. India and Five Children And It) at the Dubai Media City amphitheater to Dh. 20 for regular screenings at DIFF main venues and Dh. 50 for the red-carpet gala screenings at the Madinat Arena, Madinat Jumeirah Arabian Resort-Dubai. Two special offers – student discounts and a Five-Flick deal that offers a set of five regular screening tickets for the price of four – have also been created to make the Festival accessible to all UAE residents and visitors

Telephone bookings and orders can be made with the Box Office on (04) 367 6701 / (04) 367 6707 for advance bookings and directions to box office venues.

The Dubai International Film Festival will be held between December 6 and 11, 2004, and will feature approximately 75 films including features, retrospectives and short films. The Festival is divided into 10 distinct programs, each focusing on a particular Festival theme. DIFF is presented by Dubai Media City and its presenting sponsors are Dubai Duty Free, Emirates, Madinat Jumeirah Arabian Resort-Dubai, and Nakheel.  DIFF Gold Sponsors are DOM International, The Kanoo Group and National Bank of Dubai, and Silver Sponsors are Arabian Radio Network, Atlas Telecom, Dubai Radio Network, E-Vision and Motivate Publishing.

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