Dubai unveils fest’s eighth edition

Last Updated: November 21, 2011By Tags: ,

Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol, The Descendants; The Muppets, Three Quarter Moon, Terraferma and My Week With Marilyn; those are some of the titles that will be shown at the next Dubai film festival. In all, 46 world premieres will be taking place at this star-studded event.

Among the confirmed celebrities will be Tom Cruise, Simon Pegg, Paula Patton, Anil Kapoor, Léa Seydoux, director Brad Bird and producer Bryan Burk; Alexander Payne and Shailene Woodley; James Bobin; Helena Christensen and directors Peter Weir and Volker Schlondorff.

The festival will also present its Lifetime Achievement Awards to Werner Herzog, among others.

Abdulhamid Juma, Chairman of Dubai International Film Festival, said this year’s edition is a defining moment:

“This eighth edition, more than any other before it, crystallizes our standing as a complete cinema ecosystem,” he said. “Although we are a young festival, we have innovated year on year since our launch in 2004, refining our programme, building prestigious competitions, strengthening our industry offerings, all the while planting seeds across the Arab, Asian, African and global cinema landscape. This year, our harvest is abundant.”

(pictured: French actor Jean Reno presenting The Philosopher at last year’s festival)

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