The Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF) has announced the first tranche of titles to play in its Cinema Of The World Section.

Cinema Of The World aims to present innovative films from a range of cinematic voices that have already been receiving international acclaim.

Titles confirmed for this year include Asghar Farhadi’s The Past, which premiered at Cannes and was selected by Iran as its submission for the best foreign-language category of the Academy Awards; Jason Reitman’s Labor Day, which played at Telluride and Toronto; and Clio Barnard’s The Selfish Giant, which premiered in Cannes’ Directors Fortnight.

The line-up also includes Ivan Sen’s Mystery Road; Paolo Sorrentino’s The Great Beauty and Marion Hansel’s Tenderness.

 “The Cinema of the World section is a rich and diverse programme ranging from international art-house to Hollywood films from both established and upcoming talent that will captivate audiences this year at DIFF,” said DIFF artistic director Masoud Amralla Al Ali.

Nashen Moodley, co-director of DIFF’s Cinema of the World programme, added: “This year, we are bringing a vibrant and enigmatic line-up of films to the festival.”

DIFF, which celebrates its tenth edition this year, will take place December 6-14.