The star-driven and highly acclaimed The King’s Speech will open the 7th Dubai International Film Festival on December 12. Helmed by Tom Hooper (with Red Dust and The Damned United behind him), the movie recently clinched eight British Independent Film Awards, including those for Best
Starring Colin Firth (last seen in A Single Man), Geoffrey Rush (Pirates of the Caribbean) and Helena Bonham Carter (Fight Club) among others, The King’s Speech narrates the true story of King George VI, Queen Elizabeth’s father. Firth plays the king, who reluctantly steps on the throne after his father dies and brother Edward VIII abdicates in 1936, choosing to marry a commoner, Mrs Simpson, rather than rule England. George VI, who was deemed unfit to rule a nation on the brink of war, because of impaired speech, hires a therapist.
The Festival Chairman, Abdulhamid Juma, said: “We are delighted to host the movie and its considerable talent in Dubai. The Festival has always sought to bring the best cinema of the world to Dubai and the greater Middle East, and The King’s Speech certainly fits that bill. It has scooped up the People’s Choice Award at the Toronto Film Festival and earned rare standing ovations wherever it has been seen. We are excited to begin our programming on such a high note.”
Last year, the Dubai Festival got James Cameron’s 3D epic, Avatar and the musical, Nine, before they opened in America. Dubai has also been an early screening stage for works such as Slumdog Millionaire and Paradise Now that went on to garner big international kudos.
The Festival will run till December 19.
(Gautaman Bhaskaran had covered the Dubai International Film Festival in its early years)