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20 films to catch at Dubai Film Festival

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Dubai film Festival is back! This year the line-up of films is as diverse as ever, with fantastic films being showcased from all corners of the world.

Thursday, December 8

Befikre
When: 7pm
Where: Madinat Arena
What: The world premiere of the Hindi romantic comedy starring Ranveer Singh and Vaani Kapoor.Lisa
When: 9.45pm
Where: Vox Cinemas, Mall of the Emirates
What: A foreign student in Abu Dhabi films a documentary on a local family and delves into their lives and culture.Friday, December 9Swallows and Amazons
When: 2pm
Where: Madinat Arena
What: This British film directed by Philippa Lowthorpe is based on the popular children’s books of the 1930s.

Their Finest
When: 9.30pm
Where: Madinat Arena
What: Lone Scherfig’s lavish British romantic comedy about making a patriotic film in the 1940s. Starring Gemma Arterton and Bill Nighy.

Blessed Benefit
When: December 9, 6.45pm
Where: Vox, Mall of the Emirates
What: In Blessed Benefit, the multi-award-winning director Mahmoud Al Massad turns his unique perspective away from documentary and towards fictional drama in this account of a man who sees prison in Jordan as liberation.

Still Burning
When: December 9, 9.45pm
Where: Madinat Theatre
What: A reunion between Andre, a Lebanese filmmaker, and Walid, a dear friend from his youth, brings up dark issues from the past.

Saturday, December 10

La La Land
When: 2pm
Where: Madinat Arena
What: The dazzling romantic musical comedy-drama about making it in Hollywood starring Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone.

The Preacher
When: 6pm
Where: Madinat Arena
What: World premiere of provocative Egyptian drama from Magdy Ahmed Aly about a young sheikh who becomes a celebrity on religious TV.

Sunday, December 11
Manchester By The Sea
When: 2pm
Where: Madinat Arena
What: Highly acclaimed American drama starring Casey Affleck as a janitor returning to his smalltown Massachusetts home to care for his nephew.

Solitaire
When: 6pm
Where: Madinat Arena
What: The world premiere of the Lebanese comedy from director Sophie Boutros and starring Julia Kassar, Ali El Khalil and Bassam Koussa.

Monday, December 12 

Nocturnal Animals
When: 9.30pm
Where: Madinat Arena
What: Tom Ford’s much anticipated psychological thriller starring Amy Adams and Jake Gyllenhaal that won the Grand Jury prize in Venice this year.

The Worthy
When: 6.15pm
Where: Vox Cinemas,Mall of the Emirates
What: UAE director Ali Mostafa’s latest film is set in a dystopian future when a band of survivors try to protect a water source.

Tuesday, December 13

The Bleeder
When: 6pm
Where: Madinat Arena
What: Philippe Falardeau brings his exceptional biographical sports drama starring Naomi Watts, Liev Schreiber and Ron Pearlman to Dubai.

Collateral Beauty
When: 9.30pm
Where: Madinat Arena
What: Will Smith, Edward Norton, Helen Mirren, Kate Winslet, Naomie Harris and Keira Knightly help close the curtain on the day’s screenings.

Wednesday, December 14

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
When: 8pm
Where: Madinat Arena
What: The most eagerly anticipated film of the year? Well, there’s a reason its star is on this week’s cover. The force, maybe?

Five films to catch at the free screenings on The Beach

Burn Your Maps
Jordan Robert’s American adventure comedy-drama starring Vera Farmiga and Jacob Tremblay about a nine-year-old boy who believes he’s a goat-herder.
When: December 7

A Fistful of Dollars
The recently restored classic spaghetti western from 1964 directed by Sergio Leone and starring Clint Eastwood.
When: December 10

Egyptian Jeanne d’Arc
Iman Kamel’s creative and compelling documentary about the role of women in modern Egypt.
When: December 11

Batman
The 1966 live-action caper that remains the definitive screen version of Batman.
When: December 13

The Space Between Us
Sci-fi drama starring Asa Butterfield about the first ever human born on Mars.
When: December 14

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