The Dubai International FilmFestival (DIFF), now in its third year, opens on Dec 10 with Emilio Estevez's Bobby, one of 115 films from 47countries. Actors Laurence Fishburne and Joshua Jackson will accompany thefilm. Oliver Stone, Syrian auteur Nabil Maleh and leading man Shah Rukh Khanare this year's honourees, and will be joined in the emirate by several otherBollywood and Egyptian stars. Producer Barrie Osborne, looking to shoot new projectThe Alchemist in the
Mai Masri's featuredocumentary
Jury members includedirectors Jafar Panahi, Mohamed Asli and Ismael Ferroukhi, and Kim Dong-Ho,director of the Pusan International Film Market. There are two world premieres:Walid Al-Awadi's Storm From The South,a portrait of three Kuwaiti women running for office for the first time,included in a strong line-up of Arab documentaries, and Egyptianwriter-director Khalid Youssef's out-of-competition thriller Justified Cheating, featured as a galascreening at resort Madinat Jumeirah, the festival centre.
International festivalfavourites The Wind That Shakes The Barley,
Co-artisticdirector Simon Field has introduced a selection of Cinema for Children, and retained sections dedicated to
This marks a shift inapproach from the festival, criticised in the past within the
This year also sees thelaunch of an industry office, run in association with