Dubai International Film Festival (Diff) has added 11 new titles to its Cinema of the World category, featuring critically-acclaimed documentaries such as My Generation and Oscar frontrunners such as Darkest Hour.
Darkest Hour: Joe Wright opens up a fraught six-month window into the 1940s. The fall of France is forthcoming. Britain faces its darkest hour as Nazi forces advance, and Allied soldiers are stranded on the beaches of Dunkirk. Newly-appointed Prime Minister Winston Churchill (Gary Oldman) must either negotiate with Hitler, or take on a vicious battle.
On Chesil Beach: Based on the novel by Ian McEwan, this Dominic Cooke film explores relationships in the early ’60s. The dramedy follows Florence (Saoirse Ronan) and Edward (Billy Howle) on their honeymoon in the English countryside, as they awkwardly try to consummate their marriage.
Molly’s Game: From the Academy Award-winning screenwriter Aaron Sorkin (The Newsroom, Social Network) comes an all-star thriller. Molly’s Game tells the true story of Molly Bloom (Jessica Chastain), an Olympic-class skier, who ran the world’s most exclusive high-stakes poker game for a decade. She was arrested in the middle of the night by more than a dozen FBI agents wielding automatic weapons. The film also stars Idris Elba and Kevin Costner.
Centaur: Director Aktan Arym Kubat, known for his breakthrough film The Light Thief, tells the story of a simple man named Centaur — a loving father to a wordless son and husband to deaf-mute Maripa. Centaur, however, becomes convinced that a curse has struck his village, and turns into a horse thief in an effort to reverse it. The film is Kyrgyzstan’s official submission into the 2018 Oscar’s Foreign Language Film category.
My Generation: This documentary, directed by David Batty and produced by Michael Caine, provides a glimpse into 1960s British pop culture with raw footage of McCartney, Keith Richards, Twiggy, Marianne Faithfull and photographer David Bailey. It received an eight-minute standing ovation at the Venice Film Festival.
A Man of Integrity: In modern day Iran, 35-year-old farmer Reza lives a simple life with family in a remote village, until a powerful private company begins to take over the region’s agronomy and puts local farmers out of business. Mohammed Rasoulof directs.
In the Fade: Fatih Akin’s In the Fade, which won Diane Kruger the Best Actress Award at Cannes Film Festival, tells the story of Katja (Kruger), whose life is shattered by the death of her son and husband in a bombing. Her husband’s best friend represents Katja in a trial against the suspects, a neo-Nazi couple. The film is Germany’s official submission into the 2018 Oscar’s Foreign Language Film category.
Sweet Country: Sweet Country, winner of the Special Jury Prize at Venice Film Festival, is a period western taking place in 1929. In the outback of the Northern Territory in Australia, an Aboriginal stockman kills a white station owner in self-defence. For the sake of his pregnant wife, he turns himself in, at the mercy of Judge Taylor.
Super Size Me 2: Holy Chicken!: Morgan Spurlock returns thirteen years after his hit documentary Super Size Me with a sequel; here, Spurlock goes head-to-head with the fast food industry again, but this time he operates from the inside by opening his own fast food restaurant.
Downsizing: To control overpopulation, scientists shrink or ‘downsize’ humans to only five inches tall. Paul (Matt Damon) and his wife Audrey (Kristen Wiig) give up their stressful lifestyle and move into a new downsized community. Downsizing, directed by Alexander Payne, also stars Jason Sudeikis.
Faces Places: Faces Places, a travelogue documentary, follows two directors, Agnes Varda and JR, as they travel through rural France in a van and form an unlikely friendship. They stop to talk to local people and photograph them in their on houses, barns, storefronts and trains.