Festivals & events
02 December 2004 à 13:02
French films well represented at the 1st Dubai International Film Festival
The Dubai International Film Festival director, Neil Stephenson, has just unveiled the program of this first-time event, with French films taking center stage.
“Le Grand Voyage” by Ismaël Ferroukhi has been selected as festival opener, to be presented by its director and lead actor, Nicolas Cazalé.
The selection committee has also chosen “Like an Image” by Agnès Jaoui, “Chorists” by Christophe Barratier, “Wall” by Simone Bitton, “Monsieur Ibrahim et les fleurs du Coran” by François Dupeyron and “The Kite” by Randa Chahal Sabbag for the festival.
This first-time event, eagerly awaited by industry professionals, coincides with a rapidly developing movie exhibition sector in the United Arab Emirates, particularly in Dubai. According to local distributors, over 400 films now hit theaters in the Emirates each year, with 145 movie screens in operation.
Although this market is largely dominated by American productions, certain European films, and French productions in particular, succeed in attracting audiences. In recent times, “Crimson Rivers 2: Angles of the Apocalypse” clocked up around 13,000 spectators.
Contact: Festivals and Films Office
Latest update : 23 April 2009 à 13:02 CEST