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George Clooney to attend and open Dubai Fest with Michael Clayton

The Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF) today announced that the critically acclaimed thriller MICHAEL CLAYTON will open this year's festival.  Lead actor George Clooney (Oscar winner Syriana, Good Night and Good Luck, Ocean's 11, 12 & 13) will attend the star-studded Opening Night Gala.   

Tony Gilroy's feature film debut draws from the political undertones of the Bourne series to tell the story of Michael Clayton, a corporate lawyer who is increasingly disillusioned with his life as a ‘fixer' of unethical legal cases. Clooney plays the titular role, alongside co-stars Tilda Swinton (The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe) and Tom Wilkinson (Batman Begins, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind).


Abdulhamid Juma, Chairman of DIFF, welcomed the team behind MICHAEL CLAYTON at DIFF 2007 for the film's Middle East premiere, saying: "We look forward to once again hosting Mr. Clooney in the Emirates. This year will see a greater interest in both DIFF and Dubai from the world's filmmaking centres than ever before. Mr. Clooney's return to the region means we have come full circle, from Dubai as a backdrop for the film ‘Syriana' to DIFF as a platform to showcase his latest venture. We anticipate that future filmmakers who chose to work in this region will make the same return trip to the Emirates."


DIFF's Artistic Director of International Programming, Simon Field, commented on the choice of Michael Clayton as the opening film: "This conspiracy thriller will be an exciting and memorable way to start off DIFF 2007; the film will become part of film history alongside classic 1970's dramas about ruthless corporations like The Parallax View. Not only is it filled with action, it is an immensely watchable character study; Clooney's acting is superb, subtle, and different and more world-weary than we have seen from him before."


The fourth edition of DIFF will run from 9-16 December. Principal Sponsors for this year's Festival are Emirates, Dubai Duty Free, Jumeirah and Dubai Pearl.

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In 2004, the Dubai International Film Festival launched with its theme of ‘Bridging Cultures. Meeting Minds.

‘Going into its fourth year, DIFF is held under the Honorary Chairmanship of His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum. DIFF is a not-for-profit cultural event, presented and organized by the Dubai Technology and Media Free Zone Authority.

Reflecting Dubai’s cosmopolitan and multicultural character, the festival showcases a wide selection of features, shorts and documentaries from around the world.

DIFF aims at establishing itself as a major international festival, while continuing to act as a platform for showcasing excellence in Arab Cinema and simultaneously contributing to the development and growth of the regional industry and talent.

As one of the world’s fastest growing business and tourist destinations, Dubai provides an ideal meeting point for industry friends and colleagues from around the globe. DIFF creates an exciting atmosphere for exchanging ideas among a group of progressive film industry professionals. Moreover, the networking initiatives hosted by DIFF provide participants and guests a favourable setting for conducting business

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