'Truth,' 'Suffragette,' 'Room' Join Dubai Film Fest Lineup

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'Suffragette'

The 12th edition of the Middle East festival is due to take place in December.

The Dubai International Film Festival has lined up a selection of hard-hitting and historical films for its upcoming 12th edition.

The Meryl Streep-starring Suffragette, which recently opened the BFI London Film Festival, has joined the schedule alongside Truth, starring Robert Redford and Cate Blanchett, and Lenny Abrahamson's dark adaptation, Room, which won the people's choice award in Toronto and for which Brie Larson is considered among the Oscar hopefuls.

Elsewhere, Venice Silver Lion winner The Clan, from Argentina; Cannes festival Un Certain Regard jury prize winner The High Sun, from Croatia; and documentary Song of Lahore, co-directed by Oscar-winner Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy (Saving Face), are in the lineup.

The new titles, announced on Wednesday, join other favorites from the year's festival season, rubbing shoulders in the Middle East event's Cinema of the World program, including Youth, Brooklyn, Dheepan, Mustang, Sherpa, Cemetery of Splendour, The Assassin and The Man Who Knew Infinity. The opening and closing night films are yet to have been announced.

DIFF, the longest-running and biggest film festival in the Gulf, is now the only major film festival in the United Arab Emirates after the Abu Dhabi Film Festival announced it was closing down earlier this year.

The Dubai event — also expected to feature some footage from Star Trek Beyond, which recently shot in the city — is due to take place Dec. 9-16.

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