Magazine article Screen International

8th Dubai Film Festival Unveils Line-Up

Magazine article Screen International

8th Dubai Film Festival Unveils Line-Up

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A.R. Rahman is to be honoured with a lifetime achievement award; DIFF to shine the spotlight on German films.

The Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF) has announced the line up for the 8th edition of the festival, which will feature 171 films from 56 nations across features, short films, and documentaries. The festival will run December 7-14.

DIFF 2011 gala films include Bollywood romantic comedy Ladies vs Ricky Bahl, Alexander Payne's The Descendants; Disney's The Muppets, Emanuele Crialese's Italian immigrant drama Terraferma and Simon Curtis' My Week With Marilyn.

Tom Cruise is expected to attend the world premiere of Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol, which is opening the festival, alongside director Brad Bird. Other stars expected to be in attendance will be Simon Pegg, Anil Kapoor and Alexander Payne.

89 films will compete for prizes totaling more than $600,000 in DIFF's Muhr Awards which is made up of three different categories, Muhr Emirati, Muhr Arab and Muhr AsiaAfrica. …

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