11TH Edition of the Festival to Open with Stephen Hawking biopic ‘The Theory of Everything’
Held under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, UAE Vice President & Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, the 11th Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF) announced a series of highly anticipated screenings for its red carpet gala line-up. Every December, thousands of cinema-goers, actors, directors, producers, writers and industry experts descend on Dubai to enjoy the world’s best films in one of the world’s premiere locations.
This year, DIFF opened on 10th December with ‘The Theory of Everything’ – the Stephen Hawking biopic from Academy Award winning director James Marsh. Starring Eddie Redmayne as the renowned astrophysicist and Felicity Jones as his love, fellow student Jane Wilde, the extraordinary story follows the life of one of the world’s greatest living minds.
The humorous and heartfelt musical ‘Into the Woods’ an international premiere will close the curtain on the 11th edition of the Festival. Featuring an all-star cast including Emily Blunt, Meryl Streep, Johnny Depp, Anna Kendrick and Chris Pine, the film blends classic stories from Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Jack and the Beanstalk and Rapunzel. ‘Into the Woods’ is directed by acclaimed director Rob Marshall.
A total of 118 features, film shorts and documentaries are screened over 8 days at this year’s edition; including 55 world and international premieres from 48 countries in 34 languages. These cinematic works of art have been created by both established and upcoming directors and producers.
Abdulhamid Juma, Chairman of DIFF, said: “DIFF has come so far in the past 11 years, introducing new audiences to Arab cinema, fostering talent and welcoming the industry’s greatest directors, producers, writers and actors. I am proud to say that DIFF has contributed to putting the region’s film industry on the global map.”
Samr AL Marzooqi, Dubai Film Market Manager added: “With each year that passes the quality of films, talent of our actors, and confidence of our directors and producers – as well as everyone working behind the scenes – has grown exponentially. I’m looking forward to meeting our guests, who are set to visit DIFF and see the significant steps taken in the UAE’s film industry for themselves.”