‘Dheepan’, ‘Youth’, and ‘Brooklyn’ Set For Middle East Launches Via Dubai Film Fest

The Dubai Film Festival has lined up Cannes Palme d’Or winner “Dheepan” (pictured) by Jacques Audiard; Paolo Sorrentino’s “Youth”; Hou Hsiao-Hsien’s “The Assassin”; and John Crowley’s “Brooklyn,” among a dozen recent standout titles that will be launching into the Middle East from its Cinema of the World section in December.

The first batch of pics announced by the Dubai section dedicated to the creme of the global cinema crop also comprises Matthew Brown’s “The Man Who Knew Infinity” bio-pic about a self-taught mathematical genius from India; Columbian helmer Ciro Guerra’s adventure epic “Embrace of the Serpent”; Deepa Mehta’s gang war saga ‘Beeba Boys’; and Thai auteur Apichatpong Weerasethakul’s new hypnotic pic “Cemetery of Splendour,” about a rural hospital volunteer who bonds with an infected soldier as he investigates an enigmatic sleeping sickness epidemic.

The selection by section topper Nashen Moodley aims to provide “an opportunity for [local] audiences to gain a better understanding of a variety of cultures from across the globe,” Moodley said in a statement.

The twelfth edition of Dubai will run December 9-16.

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