Diff 2017: 5 films to watch on December 8

Gulf News tabloid! picks its top not-to-miss films at the Dubai International Film Festival

06:00 December 8, 2017
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One of the stars of the festival this year, Ferdinand is based on the famous children’s tale of the same name. The message of breaking stereotypes and choosing what we are above what we are expected to be, however, is universal and spans all ages.

Genre: Animation

Voice cast: John Cena, Kate McKinnon, David Tennant, Bobby Cannavale and Gina Rodriguez.

Language: English

Watch it at: Madinat Arena, 2pm.

The Square

This hilarious movie takes a satirical look at many problems that plague society from inequality of wealth to the growing inhuman nature of the world. The premise of the story is the existence of an art installation, titled The Square — a supposed safe space, a stark contrast to the world outside of it.

Genre: Comedy

Starring: Dominic West, Claes Bang and Elisabeth Moss.

Language: English/Swedish

Watch it at: Galleria Mall, 7.30pm.

Goodbye Christopher Robin

Based on the life of AA Milne, the author of the popular Winnie the Pooh series, the period drama looks at how life and fame turned chaotic for Milne’s youngest son, Christopher Robin.

Genre: Biographical/Drama

Starring: Domhnall Gleeson, Margot Robbie, Kelly MacDonald, Alex Lawther and Stephen Campbell Moore.

Language: English

Watch it at: Souk Madinat Theatre, 6.45pm.

69 minutes of 86 days

A topic of international relevance, the global refugee crisis, is documented from a young girl’s point of view. Lean takes us everywhere she goes and shows us what she sees; her ultimate goal is to get to her grandfather in Sweden.

Genre: Non-fiction

Language: Arabic

Watch it at: Vox Screen 13, Mall of the Emirates, 6.45pm.

Last Men in Aleppo

The White Helmets, acting as civilian emergency services in Aleppo, have been shown in the media sporadically. This documentary explores the daily lives of these brave men struggling to keep their city safe and their people alive.

Genre: Non-fiction

Language: Arabic

Watch it at: Vox Screen 13, Mall of the Emirates, 9.30pm.