New Clooney film to open Dubai festival

Fourth edition of festival features section for Arab narrative features, documentaries, short films.

New Clooney film to open Dubai festival
George Clooney's tense new legal thriller "Michael Clayton" will open the fourth Dubai international film festival on December 9, the organisers said on Monday.

Clooney plays a lawyer, a legal "fixer" who clears up complex or dirty cases for corporate clients in the movie directed by Tony Gilroy which will launch the week-long event showcasing 141 films from 52 countries.

US actor, activist and producer Danny Glover will receive a lifetime achievement award along with South Korean filmmaker Im Kwon-Taek and Egyptian director and screenwriter Youssef Chahine.

Sharon Stone will also attend the festival as part of an AIDS awareness campaign.

This year's festival features a section for Arab narrative features, documentaries and short films. The Muhr Awards has a top prize of 10,000 dollars and will include seven world premieres.

For the first time, festival-goers will be allowed to vote for their favourite film in the People's Choice awards.

"We have made numerous improvements for our fourth edition that will take us further in our mission to celebrate excellence in cinema and to nurture and develop local and international talent while also adding value to culture in the arts in Dubai and the UAE," festival chairman Abdulhamid Juma said.

Dubai, one of seven emirates that makes up the UAE, is a booming city-state with grand cultural aspirations.

Earlier this year, acrobatic extravaganza Cirque du Soleil said it would stage a permanent show on a huge artificial island off the coast of Dubai, and Universal Studios plans to build a theme park in the emirate costing more than two billion dollars.

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Güncelleme Tarihi: 27 Kasım 2007, 12:45