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DIFFPress Releases 2016The ‘Road to DIFF’ Reveals Film and Star Experience in Exciting Build Up to the 13th Festival
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The ‘Road to DIFF’ Reveals Film and Star Experience in Exciting Build Up to the 13th Festival
Thu Sep 29, 2016
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- Julian Dennison, star of the critically acclaimed ‘Hunt For The Wilderpeople’ to attend screening at VOX Cinemas Mall of the Emirates

- Warm-up for DIFF this December with a showcase of cinematic excellence to be displayed during the run up to the Festival

Dubai, 29 September 2016: As we enter the final months before the arrival of the much awaited Dubai International Film Festival, DIFF, AG and ELEQT, in conjunction with film distributor Front Row Filmed Entertainment and VOX Cinemas, are thrilled to announce the critically acclaimed and much loved, crowd pleasing New Zealand film ‘Hunt For The Wilderpeople’, directed by Taika Waititi. Held at Mall of the Emirates on Wednesday, October 5th, cinema lovers will have a special treat as lead actor Julian Dennison will be in attendance.

A new initiative around the Festival, ‘Road to DIFF’ will screen a selection of stellar cinema ahead of DIFF, which will take place from 7-14 December. Providing a personal and stylish cinematic experience to lovers of film, attendees will also be invited to exclusive VIP events following each screening.

Following its world premiere at Sundance Film Festival and picking up audience awards at Edinburgh, Fantasia, Boston, Montclair, San Francisco and Wisconsin film festivals ‘Hunt For The Wilderpeople’ will showcase at VOX Cinemas Mall of the Emirates on Wednesday, October 5th. A charming tale of adventure from acclaimed aboriginal director Taika Waititi (‘What We Do in the Shadows’ and Marvel’s upcoming ‘Thor: Ragnarok’) the film has quickly become New Zealand’s highest grossing movie of all time and recently named in film review site, Rotten Tomatoes’, top 100 movies of all time.

The film captures the absurd drama that arrives in the New Zealand countryside alongside rebellious city boy, Ricky, when he is introduced to his newly appointed foster family. Based from Waititi’s own New Zealand heritage, the story’s clever balance of humour and heart come together when the mismatched family find themselves stranded in the heart of the wilderness as the central targets of a high profile manhunt.

DIFF Managing Director, Shivani Pandya said: “We are thrilled to welcome Julian Dennison to Dubai to present Taika Waititi’s ‘Hunt For The Wilderpeople’, an hilarious adventure full of heart and warmth with stellar performances, a perfect script and beautiful cinematography. Julian Dennison is an exceptional young talent with undoubtedly a bright future ahead of him and I’m convinced ‘Road to Diff’ audiences will fall in love with the film.”

FRONT ROW Managing Partner Gianluca Chacra added: “We’re happy to be working with DIFF alongside VOX to introduce audiences to ‘Hunt for the Wilderpeople’. This film appeals to a broad audience, attracting both arthouse interest and a mainstream family audience. We hope these kinds of initiatives will introduce the UAE to a more diverse selection of cinema and encourage a deeper movie going experience that nurtures a new cinematic culture in our region.”

DIFF is pleased to be working with the New Zealand Embassy to showcase this fantastic New Zealand Film at Vox Cinemas. H. E Jeremy Clarke-Watson, New Zealand Ambassador to the United Arab Emirates, is excited by the film’s arrival in the UAE and the chance to profile New Zealand culture and scenery on the big screen. “New Zealand is an innovative and dynamic country with a thriving film sector, and I’m delighted that we are able to showcase this through Taika Waititi’s critically acclaimed ‘Hunt for the Wilderpeople’ to audiences in the UAE.”

A thrill for cinephiles and culture enthusiasts alike, the young and talented Julian Dennison starring as the defiant Ricky will attend the screening at VOX Cinemas. Following the film, the prestigious Noir Lounge and Cocktail Bar at the Kempinski Hotel will be hosting a bespoke after party for all ‘Road to DIFF’ fans.

‘Hunt for the Wilderpeople’ will open across VOX Cinemas and REEL Cinemas on October 6th, 2016.

Tickets are on sale now for the exceptional lineup for the 13th edition of the Dubai International Film Festival which will take place from the 7th December – 14th December, 2016.
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