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TOWERING PERFOMANCES IN AWARD-WINNING FILMS SET TO IMPRESS DIFF AUDIENCES THIS DECEMBER

Thu Nov 14,2013

A third line-up of films has been confirmed for the Cinema of the World section for the 10th edition of the Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF) which takes place from the 6th – 14th December, 2013.

Nashen Moodley, DIFF’s Co-Director of the Cinema of the World programme, said: “The line-up of outstanding and diverse films from both prolific and upcoming talent is a true celebration of this year’s best films. Festival goers will have the opportunity to see films ahead of their cinematic release and the programme has been designed to connect audiences to the widest choice of cinema from around the world.”

Ben Stiller directs and stars in “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty” with Academy Award-nominee Kristen Wiig and Academy Award-winners Shirley MacLaine and Sean Penn. The screenplay written by Steve Conrad is based on James Thurber’s classic short story of a day-dreamer who escapes his anonymous life by disappearing into a world of fantasies filled with heroism, romance and action.
The Coen brothers introduce their latest triumph “Inside Llewyn Davis” which won the Cannes Film Festival Jury’s Grand Prix earlier this year. The film is loosely inspired by the life of Dave von Ronk, a young folk-music icon in 1960s New York and follows a week in his life as he navigates the Greenwich Village folk scene. The brilliantly written and terrifically acted film from the Oscar-winning duo features Oscar Isaac, Carey Mulligan, Justin Timberlake, Garrett Hedlund and John Goodman.

From the Oscar and BAFTA-winning director Kevin Macdonald (One Day in September, The Last King of Scotland) comes an engaging British drama “How I Live Now” based on the novel of same name by Meg Rosof. Set in the near-future UK, Saoirse Ronan plays Daisy, an American teenager sent to stay with relatives in the English countryside. As the UK falls into a violent, chaotic military state, Daisy finds herself hiding and fighting to survive.

Greek filmmaker Alexander Avranas’ award-winning “Miss Violence” is a chilling drama that recounts the day eleven-year-old Angeliki jumps of the balcony and falls to her death. While the police try to discover the reason for this apparent suicide, Angeliki’s family insists it was an accident. What is the secret that young Angeliki took with her?

Louise Archambault’s “Gabrielle” is Canada’s official submission for the Academy Awards in the Foreign Language Film category. The French-Canadian director’s second feature is a classic, captivating romance which follows two disabled musicians who find love during choir practice.

A potential frontrunner for Best Documentary at the Academy Awards next year is the fascinating, funny and inspiring story “Tim’s Vermeer” from illusionists Penn & Teller.  The magic duo document the obsession of their friend Tim Jenison, a successful inventor who attempts to solve one of the greatest mysteries in all art: How did 17th century Dutch master Johannes Vermeer (“Girl with a Pearl Earring”) manage to paint so photo-realistically 150 years before the invention of photography?

“Paradise”, a Mexico City-set love story from Mariana Chenillo is the emotional, funny and honest story of childhood sweethearts Carmen and Alfredo who try to slim down together. But when only one of them sheds the pound’s the distance between them grows, putting their relationship to the test.

“Words And Pictures” by Fred Schepisi is an uplifting, crowd-pleasing film that features great performances by Golden Globe-winner and Academy Award-nominee Clive Owen and Academy Award-winner Juliette Binoche. Jack Marcus (Clive Owen) is a writer who is facing the realisation that his talent may have dried up, and Dina Delsanto (Juliette Binoche) is an artist who is struggling to paint as her body betrays her though illness. Working as teachers, the duo clash at the prep school where they teach and a school-wide war erupts over whether words or pictures are more important.

DIFF’s tenth edition will take place from December 6 to 14, 2013.

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