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Celebration of endurance in DIFF Gala

Dec 15, 2010 - 12:19 PM

The Cinema Of The World programme strives to present the very best in contemporary global film annually and with the much-anticipated return of veteran Australian director Peter Weir to cinema screens with his brand-new feature ‘The Way Back’, marks its Gala with a true legend of international film. Weir will be joined by cast members Ed Harris, Colin Farrell and Jim Sturgess for the Red Carpet Gala this evening. A tough, gripping story of suspense and endurance, based on a true story, ‘The Way Back’ transports us to World War II Europe, and into the lives of a group of plucky Polish soldiers, ... read more

Interview: Georges Hachem, director ‘Stray Bullet’

Dec 15, 2010 - 12:18 PM

Georges Hachem studied theatre in Lebanon and film at the Louis Lumiere National School in Paris and is known for theatre productions including ‘L’une et l’autre en Octobre’. Following last year’s short film ‘Evening Mass’, he presents his debut feature, ‘Stray Bullet’ (‘Rsassa Taycheh’), at DIFF 2010. The film follows Noha (Nadine Labaki), a 30-something woman balancing her planned marriage and the attentions of an old flame against the backdrop of the war in 1976. You’re known for your theatre work. Was this feature a big challenge? I’ve always believed that telling stories in an ... read more

The truth about casting and crossing over

Dec 15, 2010 - 12:17 PM

When the makers of Lasse Halström’s latest film, ‘Salmon Fishing in the Yemen’, were looking to cast a substantial role, they didn’t have the options they might have had on an American or European production – the established agencies, unions and casting directors that habitually help western filmmakers assemble a cast. Instead, like many regional productions, they depended on personal contacts – in this case, Amr Waked, an Egyptian actor who has also worked on Hollywood projects such as ‘Syriana’ and Steven Soderbergh’s forthcoming ‘Contagion’. “They asked me to find an Arab ... read more

Chills and thrills in DIFF’s ‘Midnight Mayhem’

Dec 15, 2010 - 12:05 PM

Removal Nick Simon’s ‘Removal’ narrates the story of Cole Hindin, who is plagued by horrific hallucinations having witnessed a murder-suicide. The film stars Kelly Brook and Emma Caulfield, who will be attending DIFF. December 16 at 23:59 at MOE 2 December 17 at 15:45 at MOE 1 Bunraku Guy Moshe’s ‘Bunraku’, starring Josh Hartnett, Woody Harrelson, and Demi Moore, is a wild, futuristic tale of obsessive revenge and combines Western and samurai, Japanese puppet theatre and killer clowns. December 17 at 23:59 at MOE 2 Corridor Scandinavian twisted tale Isolerad (Corridor) by Johan Storm and Johan ... read more

Imagine and Reliance launch writers lab

Dec 15, 2010 - 11:59 AM

Imagine Entertainment and Reliance Big Entertainment have set up a writers lab designed to help generate stories and ideas for feature films. As part of the deal, Universal and Reliance will have a first-look deal with the lab and the opportunity to purchase completed screenplays. The Imagine/Reliance Writers Lab will consist of 10 experienced scribes who will be paid to work exclusively for the lab for a year as they serve as creative consultants, evaluating one another's story pitches and also penning original screenplays. Lab is the brainchild of Imagine partner Ron Howard. Initiative will be run by Karen ... read more

Variety-Main Story

Dec 15, 2010 - 11:57 AM

Colin Firth descended upon DIFF as an international thesp and he leaves a Golden Globe nominee. The Brit’s perf as King George VI in ‘The King’s Speech,’ which opened the fest on Sunday, has earned him a Golden Globe nomination for best actor in the pic, which nabbed a total of seven nominations for the 68th edition of the event. The Hollywood Foreign Press Association unveiled its noms on Tuesday for the Golden Globes ceremony, which unspools on January 16. ‘The King’s Speech,’ which is backed by The Weinstein Co., Blighty’s Momentum Pictures, Glen Basner’s FilmNation, the UK Film Council, ... read more

Dubai Film Market provides forum for docs talk

Dec 15, 2010 - 11:56 AM

How do local documentary-makers perceive the challenges and limitations of the genre? Why are politically-themed documentaries pre-eminent in Arab film – and to what extent are these choices of subject dictated by trends in foreign markets? With many Arab filmmakers working in the documentary genre to portray their experiences, stories, and observations, it is inevitable that institutions across the region are supporting the medium financially and in-kind. As part of the Dubai Film Market’s ongoing series of panel discussions and forums, these and many further related issues will be comprehensively ... read more

Interview with Khalil Dreifus Zaarour - around the world at DIFF

Dec 15, 2010 - 11:46 AM

Malaki – Scent of an Angel ‘Malaki – Scent of an Angel’ is the debut docu-drama of Lebanese filmmaker Khalil Dreifus Zaarour and is in competition in the Muhr Arab Documentary category at DIFF. “It was difficult, tough… It was emotional and surreal, surrounded by real stories, real people who have been suffering 25 to 30 years, they have had their fathers, mothers, daughters, sons, their beloved, either missing, kidnapped, deducted, or detained with no real knowledge of their whereabouts even to this day.” The movie is about the story of the mothers whose children have vanished and their continuing ... read more

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