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DIFF Gala Screenings

A selection of outstanding films that the festival wishes to honored will be given a special evening gala screening at the festival's main venue, the Madinat Jumeirah (The Arabian Resort). Gala Films for the Dubai International Film Festival 2007 include Michael Clayton (9th), Bee Movie (10th), Whatever Lola Wants (11th), Aids Jaago (12th), The Edge of Heaven (13th), and The Darjeeling Limited (14th). The DIFF Red Carpet has hosted the world’s brightest stars and best talent with celebrities from East and West which begins at 7pm, while the Gala screenings begin at 8pm (note: children under the age of 16 will not be admitted).

DIFF Film Programs

The 2007 edition of the Dubai International Film Festival features 9 programmes that will showcase cinema of all genres from all over the world. There will be a total of 141 international films from 52 different countries.

The Cultural Bridge [Film Schedule]
The Cultural Bridge programme is one of the most important sections of DIFF. The new millennium has seen a significant increase in conflict and misunderstanding between the Islamic and broader Western worlds. The Cultural Bridge section features a selection of features and documentaries from around the world, telling stories or describing events that serve to break down the walls of inter-racial prejudice and intolerance, thereby helping stimulate dialogue and building cross-cultural bridges. To this end, the programme will be complemented by a high-profile panel discussion exploring cinema’s role in building these bridges and exploring the festival’s motto and overall ambition of: ‘Bridging Cultures. Meeting Minds’.
Gala Screening - The Edge of Heaven
Other Films - Am Ende kommen Touristen (And Along Come Tourists); Dans la Vie; It's a Free World; Nomadak TX; A Thousand Years of Good Prayers; Unfinished Sky; Le Voyage du Ballon Rouge (Flight of the Red Balloon); When the Road Bends... Tales of a Gypsy Caravan.

Arabian Nights [Film Schedule]
The Arabian Nights programme is an out of competition section showcasing a collection of features, short films and documentaries. The selection of feature films by the world’s best Arab and Non-Arab filmmakers is testimony to the talent and creativity within contemporary Arab cinema.
Gala Screening - Whatever Lola Wants
"The 9/11 Effect" - AmericanEast; USA mot Al-Arian (USA vs Al-Arian); Al Ab Al-Mokhless (A Father Taken); Yasin; The Good Son.
"Short Films" - Aal Atabah (Both); Ya Ana... Ya Haifa (Either Me... or Haifa); Posthume; Bonne nuit Malik (Good Night Malik); Paris Sur Mer (Paris by the Sea / Baris ala el Baher).

Other Films - L'Ennemi Intime (Intimate Enemies); Io, L'altro (Me, The Other); Michou d'Auber; Anisat, Nisa'a, Mouwatinat (Ladies, Women, Citizens); Aux frontieres de la nuit (Night Shadows); Cartouches Gauloises; De ma fenetre, sans maison... (From My Window, Without a Home)

A Celebration of Indian Cinema [Film Schedule]
A Celebration of Indian Cinema is a new focus within the international programme and is designed to reflect the strong links between Dubai and India, a country which has a long tradition of popular and great cinema. The section will not only feature the latest attractions from one of the world’s most prolific producers of entertainment - Bollywood - but will also showcase a broad range of the finest works from the independent cinema movement within India.
Gala Screening - Aids Jaago
Other Films - Before the Rains; Frozen; Lal Pahare'r Katha (A Story of the Red Hills); Loins of Punjab Presents; Naalu Pennungal (Four Women); Shoot on Sight; Taj Mahal: An Eternal Love Story

The Cinema of the World [Film Schedule]
The Cinema of the World programme will feature a selection of the most important and original new films from North and South America, Australasia, Turkey, Iran and Europe.
Gala Screening - The Darjeeling Limited
Other Films - An Seh (Those Three); The Assassination of Jesse James; El Bano; Battle for Haditha; Control; Encarnacion; 4 luni, 3 saptamani si 2 zile (4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days); Gone Baby Gone; Hafez; Klopka (The Trap); Married Life; Mongol; No Country for Old Men; Paranoid Park; The Princess of Nebraska; Riza; Le Scaphandre et le papillon (The Diving Bell and the Butterfly); Stellet Licht; Takva; Things We Lost In The Fire; When Did You Last See Your Father?

The Cinema of Asia [Film Schedule]
The Cinema of Asia section will offer a broad spectrum of important and recent films emerging from South Asian countries - Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh - and from the film producing countries of East and South East Asia including South Korea, China, Japan and the Philippines.
Films - Fongchuk (Exiled); Ji feng zhon de ma (The Season of the Horse); Luo ye gui gen (Getting Home); Tuya de hun shi (Tuya's Marriage); Ye Yan (The Banquet); AHA!; Dheevari (The Fisherman's Daughter); Miryang (Secret Sunshine); Swopnodanay (On The Wings of Dreams); Tennen kokekko (A Gentle Breeze in the Village); Tirador (Slingshot).

The Cinema of Africa [Film Schedule]
The Cinema of Africa programme will continue to present the little seen, but extremely rich, diverse and challenging films from the African continent, south of the Sahara.
Films - Confessions of a Gambler; Ezra; Faro, La Reine Des Eaux (Faro, Goddess of the Waters); Juju Factory; Meisie.

Destination Documentary [Film Schedule]
The Destination Documentary segment recognises the importance of the documentary format. DIFF presents a selection of non-fiction works, distinctive in form and from some of the most daring film-makers. This section features non-Arab documentaries from around the world touching on some of the most urgent social, political and ecological issues.
Films - The 11th Hour; A Promise To The Dead: The Exile Journey of Ariel Dorfman; Surya, From Eloquence To Dawn; War Dance.

Emirati Voices [Film Schedule]
The Emirati Voices programme is an important component of DIFF and features out of competition Arab cinema by UAE filmmakers. The films are selected from the growing talent pool of emerging young UAE national filmmakers. The programme aims to serve as a platform for promising new Emirati filmmakers to share their work with the international film community attending DIFF.
Films - Bain Shamsain; Bela Qalb; Al Ghobna; Hadiyat Eid Al Milad; Houjas; 100 Miles; Ramad; Wajeh Alilq.

Children's Cinema [Film Schedule]
The Children's Cinema section presents a selection of films appealing to children of all nationalities. Going beyond Hollywood, the selected works are from around the world and representative of different cultural backgrounds, but share a common factor in their universal appeal of entertaining children.
Gala Screening - Bee Movie
Other Films - Quamer Working To Live; Viva Cuba; The Peace Tree; Hande Weg Von Mississippi (Hands Off Mississippi); Kappa No Coo To Natsuyasumi (Summer Days with Coo)

Rhythm and Reel

This three-day event during DIFF 2007 will bring unusual and cutting-edge film together with live musical performances; the festival has introduced the open-air series at the Dubai Media City amphitheatre to celebrate the mutually enriching relationship between film and music.

90 Millas / Gloria Estefan - 13th December
The first film in the series is 90 Millas (90 Miles) which is the distance between Cuba and Florida, and Emilio Estefan’s film delves into the experience of Cuban musicians in exile in the United States, who are so close yet worlds away from their birthplace. After the World Premiere film, 5-time Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter Gloria Estefan will perform for her first time in the Middle East.

White Thread / DJ Zayan Freeman and B'Net Marrakech - 14th December
The second film in the series will be The White Thread, a documentary by Moroccan filmmaker Khalil Benkirane. The film follows San Francisco DJ Cheb i Sabbah as he records Moroccan villagers’ ancient songs and remixes them with modern electronic beats. After the film, Moroccan DJ Zayan Freeman will perform with Bnet Marrakech, a group of gypsy women singing in traditional Berber and Arabic style.

Across the Universe / Best of the British Invasions - 15th December
The third and final night of the series will feature a screening of the critically-acclaimed Across the Universe, directed by Julie Taymor (Frida, 2002), a kaleidoscopic ode to the sixties: cross-cultural romance, the conflict between art and commerce, conscription, protest culture, the music business and class conflict. Based on The Beatles’ songbook and set in the 1960’s England, America, and Vietnam, the love story of main characters Lucy and Jude is intertwined with the anti-war movement and social protests of the times. Over 30 Beatles’ songs are woven into the plot, together with visual allusions to the films Help! A Hard Day’s Night, Yellow Submarine and Let It Be. The film’s musical compliment will be ‘The Best of the British Invasions,’ a multimedia act that revisits some of the greatest moments in music history, featuring some of the best known bands synonymous with the early British sound such as The Beatles, the Rolling Stones, Elton John and David Bowie.

Lifetime Acheivement Awards Films

DIFF 2007 will honour hollywood actor Danny Glover, Egyptian director Youssef Chahine, and Korean director Im Kwon-taek with Lifetime Acheivement Awards, while their films will also be shown during the festival. Film Schedule...

HoneyDripper [2007] - Danny Glover
To Sleep with Anger [1990] - Danny Glover
Chihwaseon (Drunk on Women and Poetry) [2002] - Im Kwon-taek
Chun nyun hack (Beyond the Years) [2007] - Im Kwon-taek
Heya Fawda (Chaos) [2007] - Youssef Chahine
Bab El Hadid (Cairo Station) [1958] - Youssef Chahine

The Muhr Awards Films

DIFF 2007's selection of films in the Muhr Awards section include features, documetaries, and short films. The films that have been chosen to be to compete in this award have been listed below. Film Schedule...

Captain Abu Raed [2007]
Akher Film (Making Of) [2006]
Alwan Al Sama Al Sabaa (Seventh Heaven) [2007]
Balad El Banat (Girls) [2007]
La Graine Et Le Mulet (The Secret of the Grain) [2005]
Kahrej Altaghtya (Out of Coverage) [2007]
Khalass [2007]
Al Koloub Al Mouhtariqua (Burned Hearts) [2007]
La Maison Jaune (The Yellow House) [2007]
Taht El Qasef (Under the Bombs) [2007]
Wa-Ala El Ard El Sama'a (Falling from Earth) [2007]
Sit Kosas Adyyah (Six Ordinary Stories) [2007]
Qamar 14 (Full Bloom) [2006]
Www.Gilgamesh.21 [2007]
Shoft Al Nojoum Fe Al Gayleh (And I Saw Stars...) [2007]
Soneaa Fi Masr (Made In Egypt) [2006]
33 Yaoum (33 Days) [2007]
Ana Falastini (Soy Palestino) [2007]
Magharat Maria (Maria's Grotto) [2007]
Dhil Al Gheyab (Shadow of Absence) [2007]
Ea'adat Khalk (Recycle) [2007]
Kalimat Ba'ad Al Harb (Words in the Wake of War) [2007]
As Alsfoor Al Sagheer Sayantaleq (Before the Wind Blows) [2006]

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