Diff 2017: 11 more films added to Cinema of the World line-up

More than 140 films will be screened at the Dubai film festival, which runs from December 6 to 13

Staff Report
15:02 November 14, 2017
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The Dubai International Film Festival (Diff) on Tuesday added 11 more titles to its robust Cinema of the World line-up that was revealed last month.

Indonesian director Kamila Andini will make her Diff debut with The Seen and the Unseen, the story of 10-year-old fraternal twins, while Danish filmmaker Janus Metz Pedersen will bring his tennis drama Borg vs. McEnroe starring Shia LaBeouf, Sverrir Gudnason and Stellan Skarsgard.

French director Xavier Legrand brings his family drama, Custody, while Saudi Arabia’s Haifaa Al Mansour returns to Diff with her second feature, Mary Shelley, featuring Elle Fanning and Game of Thrones star Maisie Williams. Mary Shelley follows 18-year-old Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin as she embarks on a relationship with poet Percy Shelley and finds inspiration for Frankenstein’s monster.

Academy Award-nominated actor-director Rob Reiner will showcase Shock & Awe, which revolves around journalists who uncovered the unsubstantiated claims by the President George W. Bush administration that led to the 2003 invasion of Iraq.

Iranian filmmaker Mohammad Hamzei will bring Azar to Diff.

Australian director Craig Gillespie and Hollywood icon Margot Robbie will roll out their biopic on the life of figure skater Tonya Harding with I Tonya.

The Killing of a Sacred Deer, starring Nicole Kidman and Colin Farrell, will also be featured at Diff.

“Cinema of the World is one of Diff’s most loved and celebrated categories, as it brings some of the year’s most anticipated global releases to the region. But it’s not just a category for Hollywood blockbusters and box office heavyweights. Cinema of the World is an opportunity for us to showcase the amazing work coming from every corner of the globe,” said Masoud Amralla Al Ali, Diff’s Artistic Director.

Ticket packages for Diff, running from December 6 to 13, are on sale now.