The much anticipated science fiction movie Avatar, directed by James Cameron of Titanic and Terminator fame, will close the Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF), organisers have announced.
Its showing in Dubai on December 16 will come six days after its world premiere in London.
The festival will open with a screening of Nine, the musical starring Daniel Day Lewis, Penelope Cruz and Nicole Kidman, on December 9, organisers added in a statement.
Joining the opening film are some of the most eagerly awaited movies including a world premiere of City of Life, the first multilingual Emirati film by Ali F Mostafa.
The film, shot in Dubai, revolves around three lives – a privileged Emirati male, disillusioned Indian taxi driver, and Western woman whose lives collide.
DIFF artistic director Masoud Amralla Al Ali said the Galas at DIFF capture the soul, spirit and spectacle of the festival.
“These screenings define DIFF – in terms of the power of film content, diversity of films with an international outlook and the sheer enthusiasm of the audience.
“This year, our Gala screenings will span the globe in an unprecedented range of offerings; showcasing the creative brilliance of industry frontrunners to sensational young talent. DIFF is a meeting ground for international filmmakers that is increasingly respected around the world, and we hope to engender fruitful relationships between thriving film cultures.”