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DIFF 2016 Movie Preview: Voyage of Time

Voyage of Time

Playing: Tuesday, Dec. 13, 6:30 P.M.

“Voyage of Time” ambitiously covers exactly what the title suggests, charting the creation of our planet and the evolution of our species, utilizing extensive special effects and plenty of creative guesswork. The 90-minute Cate Blanchett-narrated version will be playing at DIFF 2016.



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DIFF 2016 Movie Preview: Ember (Kor)

Ember (Kor)
Playing: Monday, Dec. 12, 6:00 P.M. and Wednesday, Dec. 14, 5:30 P.M.

Turkish cinema has seen an incredible rise in recent years. Films such as “Once Upon a Time in Anatolia” and “The Edge of Heaven” have offered starkly bleak and bravely truthful accounts of Turkish society, winning awards and international recognition. Writer-director Zeki Demirkubuz’s “Ember” is yet another endeavour in that tradition.


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DIFF 2016 Movie Preview: Layla M.

Layla M.

Playing: Sunday, Dec. 11, 10 P.M. layla-m-1

Most of the media coverage that promotes Islamophobia neglects the roots and causes behind why a tiny minority of Muslims become radicalized, offering the easy solution. What Layla M. seeks to do is unravel the myriad of factors that lead to people of all ages, backgrounds and upbringings to go down that route.

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The War Show Preview


Playing: Friday, Dec. 9, 5:30 P.M. and Saturday, Dec. 10, 9:45 P.M.

As the Syrian Civil War tragedy spirals past its fifth year, the staggering toll on the country’s people continues to mount with no end in sight. Millions of refugees with communities destroyed and homes lost are spread across the world while their country is reduced to rubble.

Back in 2011, no one could have anticipated the Arab Spring that swept through the Middle East and toppled more than one despotic ruler. And no one could have anticipated the brutal crackdown of the Syrian regime on its own citizens.

Those early protests and the almost immediate retaliation of al-Assad’s army are the setting where “The War Show” starts. Years of home video-style footage were filmed by radio host activist Obaidah Zytoon and her friends, and shaped into this documentary with the help of Danish director Andreas Dalsgaard.


What began with excitement, hope and optimism for what was always an unlikely future is challenged but not defeated as time progresses. This is the strength of “The War Show.” Hope is immovable from every moment of this film, as we leave the first protests to follow Zytoon on her travels across Syria to war-torn cities and her hometown of Al Zabadani to fully witness the ramifications of a full-fledged civil war.

This isn’t the first documentary to cover this subject and neither is it the most comprehensive. That being said, it offers a perspective missing in news coverage and other documentaries that focus on the combat while neglecting the younger generations who demand a better future, and who suffer the most in any war. This might not be the easiest film to watch in this year’s festival, but it is definitely one of the most important and timely.


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DIFF 2016 Movie Preview: Neruda

The 13th Dubai International Film Festival is finally upon us!

This year’s eight day festival is taking place from Dec. 7-14, featuring the best the U.A.E. and Arab countries have on offer, Hollywood Oscar-bait and critically acclaimed films from around the world. Special events include conversations with Samuel L. Jackson and a showcase of new hit sci-fi TV show “Westworld” with star Jeffrey Wright.

We will be previewing some of the best films DIFF 2016 is screening each day, so make sure to check out our latest update every morning.

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Playing: Thursday, Dec. 8, 3:15 P.M and                 Friday, Dec. 9. 2:45 P.M.

Coming from renowned Chilean director Pablo Larraín, “Neruda” is a semi-fictional account of the hunt of fugitive titular poet and communist Pablo Neruda in 1940s Chile. The Spanish-language thriller disguised as a biopic features a cast of well-known Chilean actors with the high profile exception of Gael García Bernal, who plays the inspector hot on the heels of the poet on the run (the Mexican actor starred in an earlier Larraín film, “No”.)


Never an easy watch, a Larraín film always explores the uncomfortable and challenges its audience. His 2015 film “The Club” tackled the controversial issue of the Catholic Church’s cover-ups of many of its priests’ illicit and reprehensible behaviour. This time, Larraín takes his unconventional style and dark humour to a topic very close to home.

A Nobel Prize winner and legend in South America today, the eccentric Pablo Neruda has a story that shows us the power and resilience of words. Railing against the repression of Communism and leftist politics at the hands of Chilean President Gabriel González Videla, Neruda became an enemy of a state that no longer represented all its citizens, taking a stand that echoes that of oppressed peoples around the world.

“Neruda” arrives in Dubai with almost universal praise from critics and has officially been selected as the Chilean entry for Best Foreign Language film at next year’s Oscars. Larraín has one more film playing at DIFF as well, the Natalie Portman-starring biopic of John F. Kennedy’s wife, “Jackie”. If you’re a Larraín fan, make sure to catch both!