The Middle East International Film Festival in Abu Dhabi has announced Joe Wright's "Atonement" as the opening night film of their inaugural year. Starring James McAvoy and Keira Knightley, the film has previously shown to warm reception at Venice and Toronto. Additional special presentations that were announced include Todd Haynes' "I'm Not There," Brian De Palma's "Redacted," Gavin Hood's "Rendition," and Claude Lelouch's "Roman de Gare." "It is an honor to receive such outstanding support from international studios in our inaugural year," said Executive Director Nashwa Al-Ruwaini. "We are extremely proud of our Special Presentations and look forward to announcing an equally impressive selection of festival competition films." The festival will take place October 14-19, 2007. [Peter Knegt]