Dubai Int’l Film Festival reaches its 14th edition

21 de novembro de 2017

São Paulo – The 14th Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF) will take place from December 6 to 13 at different venues across Dubai, including the Madinat Arena, the Souk Madinat Theater, Jumeirah Beach and theaters in the Mall of the Emirates.

The festival will feature 121 films in 35 languages, as well as 24 different genres including comedy, documentary, allegory, animation, drama and fantasia. The DIFF will be divided into 8 Programmes, among them Cinema of the World, Arabian Nights, Gulf Muhr Short, Muhr Feature and Young Animators Award.

Representing Brazil, Carlos Saldanha’s Ferdinand will be on show. A US-made adaptation based on the eponymous storybook classic by Munro Leaf, it tells the story of a mild-mannered, friendly bull that’s picked for the bullfights in Madrid.

Documentary Naila and the Uprising features Rio’s Julia Bacha as scriptwriter and director. This international feature film combines interviews, animation and exclusive archival footage as it portrays the journey of Naila Ayesh, a young Gazan who played a pivotal role in the late 1980s uprising known as the First Intifada.

International feature films will include Argentina’s Hunting Season, directed by Natalia Garagiola; fantasy flick The Shape of Water, by the acclaimed Mexican filmmaker Guillermo del Toro; and the US-made documentary Super Size Me 2: Holy Chicken, a sequel of Morgan Spurlock’s hit.

Children’s movies include Ana year Bruno, a Mexican animation by director Carlos Carrera, based upon Daniel Emil’s book. Emil also wrote the script. No productions shot in Brazil (or spoken in Portuguese) will be featured this year.

The DIFF will offer 16 awards, including the Young Journalist Award and the Young Animators Award.

Awards will also go to Best Muhr Fiction Feature, Best Muhr Non-Fiction Feature, Special Jury Prize Muhr Feature, Best Director, Best Actor and Best Actress. Short films will be eligible for two awards – Best Muhr Short and Special Jury Prize Muhr Gulf Short.

The festival will also feature an audience choice award that can go to any feature film, except children’s films and those not complying with general eligibility rules.

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Watch the trailers for Naila and the Uprising and Ferdinand:


  *Translated by Gabriel Pomerancblum