'Fruitvale Station,' 'The Railway Man' Among Titles Added to Dubai Film Fest Lineup
LONDON – Sundance Film Festival grand jury prize winner Fruitvale Station, directed by Ryan Coogler, is among the second wave of titles unveiled for the Cinema of the World section at the 10th edition of the Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF).
Produced by Forest Whitaker, the film follows the true story of Oscar Grant (Michael B. Jordan), a 22-year-old Bay Area resident, who crosses paths with friends, enemies, family and strangers on the last day of 2008.
Also added to the section's roster is the Colin Firth and Nicole Kidman starrer The Railway Man, directed by Jonathan Teplitzky.
It tells the true story of a British soldier in World War II who endured grueling conditions as a forced laborer on the so-called Thailand Death Railway after being captured by Japanese troops.
Andrzej Wajda's latest (and Poland’s candidate for the foreign language Oscar nomination race), Walesa. Man of Hope, also secured a slot in the Dubai lineup. The decades-spanning biopic is the story of Polish dock worker, Solidarity founder and eventual Polish president Lech Walesa, who helped millions of people by leading a revolution that ended up not only toppling a dictatorship in his own country but also eating away at the crumbling edifice of the Soviet empire in the 1980s.
Dubai will also host Georgia's foreign language Oscar entry, In Bloom, directed by Nana Ekvtimishvili and Simon Gross. The coming-of-age drama follows two young girls navigating the oppressive familial and societal expectations of post-Soviet Georgia.
Oscar winner Errol Morris' documentary The Unknown Known, about the career and philosophy of former U.S Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld is also set to air.
DIFF co-director of the Cinema of the World program Nashen Moodley described this year’s slate as being "guaranteed to take you on an emotional roller-coaster this December."
DIFF runs Dec. 6-14.