UAE, Russian, Canadian, French and Dutch Films Stars of Friday’s Festival Line-Up

Thu Dec 09,2004

Friday is the last day for the public to see some of the Festival’s most popular films from around the world, Festival organizers said. With only five films showing on Saturday, the last day of the six-day Festival, the weekend is the best time to see acclaimed films people may not have seen during the rest of the week.

Among the Friday highlights are: Feast of Dates, the British tribute to the date palm made in the UAE; The Corporation, the Canadian anti-big business documentary; Les Choristes, the heart-warming French drama about music changing life at a boarding school for boys; stunning Russian drama The Return; and Dutch-Moroccan comedy Shouf Shouf Habibi.

Festival organizers confirmed that the timing for Shouf Shouf Habibi is 4 pm on Friday at the Madinat Theatre, a change from the earlier published timing of 1 pm.

Friday is also the last chance to see captivating British documentary Hamburg Cell, Egyptian drama Land of Fear, and French-Lebanese drama Deadlines.


Festival 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.


Five DIFF box offices are currently open for business: at the CNN Building Lobby in Dubai Media City from 11 am to 8 pm; at the Madinat Theatre in the Souk at Madinat Jumeirah from 11 am to 10.30 pm; at the Mercato mall from 10 am to 10.30 pm; at the Madinat Arena and at the Auditorium at the Jumeirah Beach Hotel.


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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