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Big names set to fly in for Dubai film festival

Cate Blanchett, Martin Sheen, Rooney Mara and Mark Ruffalo among A-list stars to attend

Big names set to fly in for Dubai film festival
DIFF will present its Lifetime Achievement Awards to multi Emmy and Golden Globe Award winner Martin Sheen whose career has seen him appear in more than 65 films.

Top Hollywood stars including Cate Blanchett, Martin Sheen and Mark Ruffalo will be flying into Dubai next month for the emirate's film festival, organisers announced on Sunday.

Irfann Khan, Rooney Mara, Goldie, Priyanka Chopra, Andy Serkis, and Abigail Breslin will also be among the international celebrities on the red carpet at this year's Dubai International Film Festival.

Omar, by Academy Award-nominated and Golden Globe winning Palestinian director Hany Abu Assad will raise the curtain on Friday December 6. 

David O Russell’s American Hustle has been selected for the prestigious Closing Night Gala with DIFF the first festival to screen the highly anticipated film starring Christian Bale, Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner, Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence, Louis CK and Robert De Niro.

The festival will screen a total of 174 features, shorts and documentaries including 70 world premieres and 11 international premieres from 57 countries in 43 languages.

The line-up includes over 100 films from the Arab world which highlights the thriving film culture within the region and increased interest in Arab cinema from audiences around the world, organisers said in a statement.

To celebrate the 10th edition there will be two daily red carpet galas at the Madinat Jumeirah Arena.

Abdulhamid Juma, DIFF chairman, said: “Since those early days, we have seen a surge in confidence in Arab cinema year on year, and DIFF is now the premiere platform for launching Middle Eastern films. We have been able to support and nurture filmmaking talent from emerging markets around the world whilst simultaneously supporting the development of a UAE film industry closer to home.”

DIFF will present its Lifetime Achievement Awards to multi Emmy and Golden Globe Award winner Martin Sheen whose career has seen him appear in more than 65 films.

The Arab Lifetime Achievement Award goes to veteran Egyptian film critic Samir Farid. 

Academy Award winner Cate Blanchett returns to Dubai to head the IWC Filmmaker Award jury for the second year running.

For more information about what's showing when and where, visit www.dubaifilmfest.com

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