DIFF Daily 2011

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Variety: Kazakh Film backs ‘Arabian Nights’

Dec 08, 2011 - 11:06 PM

BY NICK HOLDSWORTH Kazakh Film, Kazakhstan's state company, has boarded Chuck Russell's 3D adaptation of ‘1001 Arabian Nights,’ starring Liam Hemsworth, which will shoot in the oil-and-gas-rich central Asian state next year. Russell, who directed ‘The Mask’ and ‘The Scorpion King,’ has been scouting locations for the $70 million pic for the past year and will start shooting in June. Sets include a full-scale medieval period city 120 miles from Almaty, where Kazakh Film is based, that was built a few years ago for Russian director Sergey Bodrov's ‘Nomad.’ Other locations are understood to ... read more

Variety: Royal influence pays off in Middle East

Dec 08, 2011 - 11:01 PM

BY ALISSA SIMON As the 2010 Dubai fest drew to a close, Jordanian feature ‘Transit Cities’ from helmer Mohammad Hushki nabbed the special jury prize in the Muhr Arab competition as well as the international film critics' award. That pic also marked the first production to emerge from an innovative programme Jordan's Royal Film Commission (RFC) designed to produce quality, low-budget features. This year, two other RFC-produced films, ‘The Last Friday’ and ‘A 7 Hour Difference,’ will compete in Dubai. Without a doubt, the RFC can claim responsibility for the steady growth of Jordanian production and ... read more

Interview: Iman and I

Dec 08, 2011 - 10:57 PM

Esraa Aboushahin catches up with Khalid Shamis, director of IMAM AND I (Muhr AsiaAfrica Documentary) Explain what is the relation between Imam and yourself? Imam is my grandfather from my mother's side. He was killed in 1969, in police custody in Cape Town. He's left quite a strong legacy in Cape Town, as a hero. I was born in 1975, I never got to meet him. There were so many stories around his death and his legacy, I wanted to find out who he was as a grandfather, so I set out to make my next film about him and ended up being in the film myself. How did you approach the subject of the film – you’ve ... read more

Interview: Corrode

Dec 08, 2011 - 10:41 PM

Producer/director Karan Gour and actor Rashika Dugal (actor) discuss ‘Kshay’ (Corrode). Why is the movie shot in black and white? Karan Gour: We shot it in black and white because it fits with the narrative. Black and white are opposites and everything Chhaya does is about opposites. The entire movie deals with opposites - between her and her husband, in the way she thinks. They are extremes and that is the reason we wanted to have the movie in black and white. Just like the life of the protagonist, devoid of colour because of her obsession. Was the film shot in colour or black and white? KG: We actually ... read more

Making The Connection

Dec 08, 2011 - 10:38 PM

BY RANIA HABIB ‘The One Man Village’, by Lebanese director Simon El Habre had its world premiere at the 2008 Dubai International Film Festival, (DIFF) where it won the Special Jury Prize. The documentary was later screened at the Berlinale, and at the Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival, where it won the award for Best International Documentary. This success story was born out of the first Dubai Film Connection (DFC) programme, five years ago. Jane Williams, director of the DFC, says that’s one of her fondest memories from the past five years. ‘Simon came to the first DFC, and he came ... read more

Mission: Accomplished

Dec 08, 2011 - 10:35 PM

By Rania Habib It was an electric opening night at the 8th Dubai International Film Festival last night, as Tom Cruise joined His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, UAE Vice President, Prime Minister, and Ruler of Dubai, on the red carpet to the delight of thousands of fans. Cruise made a beeline for the fans who had been waiting for hours along the carpet at the Madinat Jumeirah. To an ecstatic reception, the star took the time to meet and mingle with his numerous fans, who were also treated to a parade of stars from all over the world. Earlier in the day, the cast of Mission:Impossible Ghost ... read more

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