Film festival kicks off on Dec. 9

LONDON — Helmer Tony Gilroy’s legal drama “Michael Clayton,” starring George Clooney, will open the 4th Dubai Film Festival on Dec. 9, with Clooney in attendance.

Fest runs through Dec. 16.

Clooney was in Dubai in 2005 to shoot Mideast political thriller “Syriana.”

“Mr. Clooney’s return to the region means we have come full circle, from Dubai as a backdrop for the film ‘Syriana’ to DIFF as a platform to showcase his latest venture,” said fest chairman Abdulhamid Juma.

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