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Dubai Internatio​nal Film Festival and The Pavilion Downtown Dubai team up to launch monthly film screenings

Posted Thu 16 Aug 2012 10:41:40 am in News, Entertainment | By News Desk

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Themed three-day screenings to further broaden DIFF’s reach


Dubai, August 16, 2012 – The Dubai International Film Festival is teaming up with The Pavilion Downtown Dubai, a non-profit contemporary art space, to offer a series of free monthly film screenings from August to audiences across the emirates.


The first set of three-day screenings, set to commence on August 27, is themed “Entertainment Legends” and will present audiences with a selection of films about musical icons that have made indelible impressions on the industry. Films include Nowhere Boy, a chronicle of John Lennon’s first years and his journey to becoming a successful musician, MARLEY, the life story of music legend Bob Marley and The Festival Express, a documentary about a five-day train tour across Canada taken in 1970 by some of the world’s greatest rock bands, including The Grateful Dead and Janis Joplin. 


DIFF Artistic Director Masoud Amralla Al Ali commented: “Since its inception in 2004, the Dubai International Film Festival has carried the mission of bridging cultures and fostering open dialogue through cinema. The film screenings at The Pavilion are an opportunity to expand the conversation and bring insightful and thought-provoking cinema experiences to the UAE community.”


The programme will incorporate a variety of genres and appeal to a wide range of audiences, from casual viewers to film aficionados with an in-depth knowledge of the art form.


The August programme has been curated with the assistance of Front Row Entertainment and the British Council. The September programme will offer audiences a taste of the world of Iranian cinema, while October’s programme will have a Halloween-themed selection of films.


Screenings will take place on the last Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday of each month, with the exception of December where the screenings will take place on December 17, 18 and 19. Entrance to the screenings will be free of charge and will operate on a first-come, first-served basis. The Pavilion can accommodate up to 60 people per screening.


August programme:


August 27: Nowhere Boy – Feature/UK-Canada/2009

Time: 7:30 pm

Location: Cinema, The Pavilion Downtown Dubai

Nowhere Boy, nominated for four British Academy Film Awards, is a drama that tells the story of Lennon's (Aaron Johnson) teenage years from 1955–1960 and the start of his journey to becoming a successful musician. The story also examines the impact on his early life and personality of the two dominant females in his childhood – his Aunt Mimi (Kristin Scott Thomas), and his mother, Julia (Anne-Marie Duff). In addition, the film shows the first meeting of Lennon with future Beatles Paul McCartney (Thomas Brodie Sangster) and George Harrison (Sam Bell), and the development of their friendship and musical partnership.


Please note: This film is rated R


August 28: MARLEY – Documentary/USA-UK/2012

Time: 7:30 pm

Location: Cinema, The Pavilion Downtown Dubai

Bob Marley's universal appeal, impact on music history and role as a social and political prophet is both unique and unparalleled. Award-winning director Kevin Macdonald’s MARLEY is the definitive life story of the musician, revolutionary, and legend, from his early days to his rise to international superstardom. Made with the support of the Marley family, the film features rare footage, incredible performances and revelatory interviews with the people that knew him best.


Please note: This film is rated PG13


August 29: The Festival Express – Documentary/UK-Netherlands/2003

Time: 7:30 pm

Location: Cinema, The Pavilion Downtown Dubai

In the summer of 1970, a chartered train crossed Canada carrying some of the world's greatest rock bands. The Grateful Dead, Janis Joplin, The Band, Buddy Guy, and others lived (and partied) together for five days, stopping in major cities along the way to play live concerts. Their journey was filmed.


Please note: This film is rated R


The Investment Corporation of Dubai is the title sponsor of the Dubai International Film Festival. The Ninth edition of DIFF is held in association with Dubai Studio City. Dubai Duty Free, Emirates Airline and Madinat Jumeirah, home to the Dubai International Film Festival, are the principal sponsors of DIFF. The Festival is supported by the Dubai Culture & Arts Authority and the Hamdan Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum International Photography Award. For more and updated information about DIFF, please visit or join DIFF on   and you tube .

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