Emilio Estevez’s “Bobby” will open the third edition of the Dubai Intl. Film Festival, which unspools Dec. 10-17.
At a press confab Sunday, fest organizers announced a starry lineup, featuring gala screenings of Ken Loach’s Palme d’Or winner “The Wind That Shakes the Barley,” Allen Coulter’s “Hollywoodland” and Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu’s “Babel,” which plays as part of this year’s Operation Cultural Bridge selection.
Fest will host the world preem of helmer Khaled Youssef’s “Justified Cheating,” about a of man who kills his wife and brother after catching them en flagrante.
“Embracing the cultures and cinematic contributions of several countries around the world, DIFF has anchored itself firmly in the realm of regional and international film festivals,” said fest chairman Abdulhamid Juma. “As we prepare to roll out the red carpet this year, it is a matter of pride that DIFF is increasingly reckoned as a destination festival for internationally acclaimed cinema.”
This year also marks fest’s first competitive section with the introduction of the Muhr Prize for Arab pic, docu and short of the year. Prize is the richest in the Mideast with a total kitty of $325,000. Leading contenders include Rachid Bouchareb’s “Days of Glory,” Faouzi Bennsaidi’s “WWW — What a Wonderful World” and Michel Kammoun’s “Falafel.”