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Samuel L Jackson will be presented with a lifetime achievement award at the opening ceremony for this year’s Dubai International Film Festival, it was announced at a press conference today. The American film icon and Tarantino favourite has starred in over 100 films including True Romance, Jurassic Park and Pulp Fiction. The 67-year-old will also appear in DIFF’s ‘In Conversation’ event on Friday, December 9, where fans will be able to hear his cinematic story.

The 13th edition of DIFF will take place from December 7-14 at Madinat Jumeirah. As well as presenting 156 films, the red carpet will be packed full of celebrities. Melanie Griffith, Eva Longoria and Nicole Scherzinger are just a few big-name American stars on the list.

Samuel L Jackson is one of three people being recognised for their contribution to cinema. Superstar Hindi actress Rekha, who has appeared in 180 films, will also take home a lifetime achievement award. The third award will go to Oscar, BAFTA, Golden Globe and Grammy award-winning French Lebanese composer Gabriel Yared.

Other international talent flying in to Dubai includes Bill Nighy, Luke Hemsworth, Ranveer Singh, Tuba Büyüküstün and Will Poulter.

Thriller Miss Sloane, the story of a ruthless lobbyist starring Jessica Chastain, has been announced as the opening gala screening.

 

The much-anticipated first of the Star Wars standalone films Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, will close the festival.

 

The massive line-up of film screenings includes 57 world premieres and international premieres, 72 MENA premieres, 12 Middle East premieres and nine GCC premieres. Befikre, Swallows and Amazons, The Worthy, La La Land, The Founder and Manchester By The Sea are just a few of the 156 films being screened.

Abdulhamid Juma, Chairman of DIFF, said: “What amazes me every year about the Festival is its ability to both inspire the community and film lovers from around the world, as well as have a tangible impact on the region’s film industry and that is evident as we unveil another diverse programme for 2016.

“We are incredibly proud to be able to say that DIFF makes a valuable and real contribution to Arab cinema, whether that is by bringing local talent together with international industry representatives, support through the Dubai Film Market, or giving hands-on experiences to the next generation of filmmakers.”

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