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DIFFDIFF Journal 2017From Cannes to DIFF: Five Captivating Films Set to Impress Dubai’s Movie-Loving Crowd
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From Cannes to DIFF: Five Captivating Films Set to Impress Dubai’s Movie-Loving Crowd
Sun Oct 29, 2017
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After impressing audiences and critics at the 70th Cannes Film Festival back in May, 5 fantastic films are set to have their MENA and GCC premieres at our 14th edition this December. Featuring unique stories filmed by visionary filmmakers who love to take risks, these films should be on top of your DIFF watch list this December.

Perhaps one of the most anticipated films by Dubai moviegoers is this year’s Palme d’or winner The Square by Ruben Ostlund, which will also represent Sweden in the Foreign Language Oscar race. This comedic film is an honest, and hilarious, take on the elite class presented through the story of a snobbish curator for an arts museum who lives his life in a bubble. As he gradually is pulled into the real world, where the working class is struggling and where so many people are dealing with fear and injustice, his outlook on life is severely altered. Despite the many heavy themes in the film, it never ceases to engage and entertain. Its 150 minutes fly by so quickly.

Winner of this year’s Cannes Jury Prize, Andrey Zvyagintsev’s harrowing Loveless asks its viewers to simply imagine a life without love. How would we be able to function without compassion, and more importantly, what sort of generation will our children become when all they knew was hate, indifference and cold attitudes? Such themes are brilliantly handed through a simple, yet symbolic story, of a couple on the verge of divorce and whose young son is the one who pays the price of being in a family where love is no longer felt and where compassion has been replaced with hate, blame and anger. The film will represent Russia in the upcoming Foreign Language race.

Sergei Loznitsa’s A Gentle Creature is the sort of film that demands its viewers’ attention throughout thanks to its slow-burn structure and heartbreaking story. Premiering in official competition in Cannes, this is a film about justice, patience and fighting back no matter the consequences. It delivers a highly emotional story about a Russia woman whose husband is sent to prison. When she loses contact with her husband in prison, she sets out on a perilous journey to discover his fate. But little did she know that corruption, hate and human indifference may be too big of a hurdle to overcome.

One of the year’s most impressive directorial achievements and Italy’s official submission for the 2018 Best Foreign Language Oscar race, Jonas Carpignano’s A Ciambra is audacious, brilliant work from the director who impressed critics with his first feature Mediterranea. In his second feature, executive produced by Martin Scorsese, Carpignano offers a rare look at the Romani (gypsy) community in Southern Italy. Employing unprofessional actors – an entire real family – he is able to pull off what’s possibly the most impressive acting ensembles of the year. Never for a second will you feel you’re watching actors on screen – it’s real people with raw pain, living on the margins of society.

Sonia Kronlund’s Nothingwood premiered at this year’s Directors’ Fortnight in Cannes and impressed critics and audiences. Focusing on a popular actor-director-producer in Afghanistan, the film balances this fascinating character’s passion for film as an intriguing character study with a dreamy, beautiful narrative of what it means to realize your dreams no matter how long you have to wait or what obstacles you have to get over. It’s a sweet film about the power of human determination and has its charming moments that will make it an inspiring experience for audiences at DIFF.
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