As excitement builds for the 12th Dubai International Film Festival, the festival's organisers have revealed details of all red carpet galas and special screenings, which will give everyone the opportunity to experience the true magic of the silver screen.
DIFF's purpose-built, state-of-the-art screening venue, the Madinat Arena at the Madinat Jumeirah, will provide the backdrop to the special screenings and gala events. The Arena, which will seat 1,800 spectators, looks set to create memorable experiences for audiences with a stellar line-up of films for all to enjoy.
Masoud Amralla Al Ali, DIFF’s Artistic Director said: “DIFF is a Festival in the truest sense of the word – it is a time for the city to come together and enjoy everything that is wonderful about the world of film. The Madinat Arena adds something very special to the screenings that are taking place all over the city and its programme showcases the very best that the Festival has to offer - whether that’s internationally-acclaimed titles, the latest children’s movies or work from home-grown UAE talent.”
Thursday 10th December
The screenings at Madinat Arena will kick off with the highly anticipated neo noir thriller ‘Zinzana’, from Emirati director Majid Al Ansari, on Thursday 10th December, which will be followed by Ayman Jamal and Khurram H. Alavi’s animated creation ‘Bilal’, a visually stunning action-adventure film.
Friday 11th December
Friday welcomes a triple bill of galas beginning with a Children’s Gala for Steve Martino’s ‘The Peanuts Movie’ which brings Charlie Brown, Snoopy and the rest of the gang to life on the big screen. This will be followed by Peter Landes’ dramatic thriller ‘Concussion’, starring Will Smith, and Larry Yang’s Chinese drama ‘Mountain Cry’, which will close the day.
Saturday 12th December
Taking place on Saturday 12th, DIFF’s second Children’s Red Carpet Gala begins proceedings with Thale Persen’s festive family film ‘Valley of Knights; Mira’s Magical Christmas’. Director Matt Brown’s inspirational biopic ‘The Man Who Knew Infinity’, starring Dev Patel and Jeremy Irons will follow, and the day will be brought to a close by the suspenseful and dramatic award-winning film ‘The Clan’, by Argentinian director Pablo Trapero.
Sunday 13th December
‘Halal Love’ – a compelling tragic comedy from Lebanese director Assad Fouladkar – will screen on Sunday 13th followed by the comedy drama ‘Family Fang’, from acclaimed actor and director Jason Bateman, whose all-star cast includes Nicole Kidman, Christopher Walken and Bateman himself.
Monday 14th December
Monday will enjoy two screenings: ‘The Daughter’, a dramatic family thriller from director Simon Stone, starring Academy Award winner Geoffrey Rush; and the searing drama ‘Spotlight’ from Oscar nominated director Thomas McCarthy, starring Mark Ruffalo, Michael Keaton and Rachel McAdams.
Tuesday 15th December
Australian actor, director and writer Jeremy Sims’ heartwarming epic ‘Last Cab to Darwin’ and gripping drama, ‘Truth’, starring Robert Redford and Cate Blanchett from American director James Vanderbilt, will showcase on Tuesday 15th, the final day of the festival.
Film fans in Dubai can get a slice of Red Carpet Gala glamour for just Dhs100, with regular screening tickets at the arena priced at Dhs50. The DIFF box office is now open here. Additional information is also available through the Festival’s dedicated customer care number, 363 FILM (3456).