By Peter Knegt | Indiewire October 25, 2010 at 6:52AM
Tom Hooper's Oscar frontrunner "The King's Speech" is set to open the seventh Dubai International Film Festival on December 12, 2010. Starring Colin Firth, Geoffrey Rush and Helena Bonham Carter, the film is based on the true story of King George VI, father of Queen Elizabeth II, who reluctantly and unexpectedly becomes king following the death of his father and abdication by his brother Edward VII. Plagued by a debilitating and lifelong speech impediment and considered unfit to be king of a country on the brink of war, George (Firth) employs an eccentric speech therapist (Rush) to help him find his voice in order to lead Bri
"DIFF 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," Festival Chairman Abdulhamid Juma said in a statement. "The film 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."
Juma added that "the world's leading studios and filmmakers are increasingly placing their trust in the professionalism, the business potential and the achievements of our Festival, and that is reflected in our ability to secure world-leading titles and talent early in the season."
In 2009, DIFF managed to secure both James Cameron's "Avatar" and Rob Marshall's "Nine" and their closing and opening selections, respectively, both prior to their openings in the United States.
With the 2010 edition less than seven weeks away, DIFF Artistic Director Masoud Amralla Al Ali said nearly all the DIFF programming is in place and will be announced shortly. The seventh edition of Dubai International Film Festival 2010 will be held from December 12 to 19.