The King’s Speech to open Dubai film fest

The seventh edition of the Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF) will open with an all-star drama The King’s Speech, organisers announced on Monday.

By Staff Reporter

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Published: Tue 26 Oct 2010, 9:00 AM

Last updated: Mon 6 Apr 2015, 4:35 PM

The seventh edition of DIFF will run from December 12 to 19.

The film, based on the true story of King George VI and his struggle to lead Britain in the run up to World War II, features an award-winning cast ledby Colin Firth, Geoffrey Rush, Helena Bonham Carter, Jennifer Ehle, Michael Gambon, Derek Jacobi, Guy Pearce and Timothy Spall.Members of the cast are expected to support the December 12 premiereat DIFF.

The film has drawn universal praise from critics and audiences for its first-rate performances, elegant staging and inspiring story, and is considered a hot favourite for multiple Oscar awards.

Described as “a rare combination of crowd-pleaser and triumphant artistry,” and “one of the most accessibly entertaining films of its kind in years,’” the film is sure to score big with DIFF audiences.

Abdulhamid Juma, Chairman, DIFF said, the festival is delighted to host the film and its considerable talentin Dubai.

“DIFF has always sought to bring the best cinema of the world to Dubai and the greater Middle East, andThe King’s Speechcertainly fits that bill,” Juma said. “The world’s leading studios and filmmakers are increasingly placing their trust in the professionalism, the business potential and the achievements of our festival, and that is reflected in our ability to secure world-leading titles and talents early in the season,” he added.In 2009, DIFF managed to secure both James Cameron’s 3D epicAvatarand hit musicalNinein their second worldwide screenings, punching well above its weight internationally.

DIFF has also been an early staging ground for films likeSlumdog MillionaireandParadise Nowthat went on to tremendous international success.

With the 2010 edition less than seven weeks away, Masoud Amralla Al Ali, Artistic Director, DIFF said nearly all the DIFF programming is in place and will be announced shortly.

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