Wed Dec 05,2007

Dubai, December 5, 2007: The Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF) will once again present its outdoor screening series Screen on the Green at the Dubai Media City Amphitheatre from December 10 to 12 at 8:00 pm. Admission is free. The films range from a Chinese martial-arts reworking of Hamlet to a musical voyage with a band of gypsies to a vibrantly dramatic saga of love and loyalty in 1930’s India.

Shivani Pandya, DIFF’s Managing Director, said: “Screen on the Green has always been a popular programme at DIFF, and is a wonderful way to enjoy cinema-outdoors with friends. There is always a great atmosphere at the screenings, and we have established it as a DIFF tradition.”

On December 10, the inaugural film of the series will be Feng Xiaogang’s Ye Yan (The Banquet), a China-Hong Kong co-production that matches court intrigue in 10th century China with breathtaking martial arts sequences. This epic reworking of Shakespeare’s Hamlet follows a complex web of royal relationships: Crown Prince Wu Luan loves Little Wan, but she is claimed as a bride by his father, the Emperor. The Emperor is murdered by his brother, who then takes Wan as his wife and sends out assassins for Wu Luan. Meanwhile, the Prince is sent to a far-away kingdom. Whether he returns, and whether vengeance is wrought on the evil-doers, viewers will of course have to see for themselves, in a violent, sumptuous, and very involving display of some of China’s best filmmaking.

When the Road Bends…Tales of a Gypsy Caravan is the second film in the series, by Jasmine Dellal. The Gypsy Caravan in this exuberant documentary is made up of five different Gypsy bands from different corners of the globe on a six-week tour of North America. They begin as strangers connected only by their Roma ancestry, but begin to share instruments, play jokes on one another, and part with profound sadness. The footage, shot by Dellal herself, is lush and beautiful, and the music is superb, ranging from Flamenco to brass, Romanian violin and Indian folk. Viewers themselves will forge a relationship with the personable musicians as they watch them at home in Spain, Macedonia, Romania and India, and will return home themselves humming the songs that fill the film from start to finish.

Santosh Sivan’s Before the Rains is the third film in Screen on the Green, bringing audiences to 1930’s India in the beginning of the nationalist movement. British spice trader Henry Moores, played by Linus Roache of The Namesake (2006), begins an affair with his housemaid, played by Nandita Das, who also appears in Naalu Penungal (Four Women). The affair leads to political trouble and Henry must enlist the help of his assistant TK, masterfully rendered by Rahul Bose. The film was shot in Kerala’s picturesque Munnar hill station, and Malayalam actors Thilakan, Lal Paul and Indrajith Sukumaran play key roles.

Further information can be found on the festival’s website on DIFF 2007 will run from December 9 to 16, and Principal Sponsors are Dubai Duty Free, Dubai Pearl, Emirates and Jumeirah.


About DIFF:

The Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF) was launched in December 2004 under the theme: Bridging Cultures. Meeting Minds.

DIFF is held under the honorary Chairmanship of His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum. DIFF is a not-for-profit cultural event, presented and organised by the Dubai Technology and Media Free Zone Authority.

As the previous editions of DIFF have demonstrated, the Festival not only presents cinematic excellence from around the world, but is also an important high-profile platform for aspiring home-grown talent.

“Bridging Cultures. Meeting Minds,” has been hailed by all as a unique and relevant theme to promote better understanding and mutual respect between different communities and countries.

Since its inception, DIFF has become an important meeting point for international and regional filmmakers and industry professionals setting the foundation for potential future collaborations.

The past three editions of DIFF have presented more than 250 films, documentaries and shorts from more than 48 countries.


DIFF 2006

In 2006 the festival took place at the magnificent Madinat Jumeirah resort. As a further commitment of DIFF’s endeavours to facilitate greater opportunities for regional Arab talent, the Muhr Awards was launched. Another first for DIFF in 2006 was the setting up of the Industry Office, which was established with a view to exclusively assist the needs of all registered delegates.


DIFF 2007

The fourth edition of the Dubai International Film Festival will take place from December 9-16 and will present the best of Arab and international cinema in the feature film, shorts and documentary formats. Building on the success of last year, DIFF 2007 will also host the Muhr Awards and the Industry Office with new features.

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