By Indiewire | Indiewire November 8, 2010 at 2:4AM
"Tron: Legacy," a 3D high-tech adventure film set in a digital universe, will be the closing gala film of the Dubai International Film Festival 2010. Disney's long-awaited, stand-alone follow-up to its 1982 classic "Tron" will screen at DIFF on December 18, 2010, a day after its release in the United States and Canada. The film follows last year's closing night film "Avatar," as the second high-profile 3D film to shut down Dubai.
The film has actor Jeff Bridges returning as Kevin Flynn (who he played in the first "Tron"), the world's leading video game designer who was digitized into a computer grid where programmes living on pure energy take on human form. Flynn's son Sam (Garrett Hedlund) is looking into his father's disappearance and finds himself pulled into the same grid where his father has been living for 25 years.
DIFF Artistic Director Masoud Amralla Al Ali said the selection of Tron as the closing gala "demonstrates the eclectic range of films being screened at the Festival and its offer of cinema for all."
"Just as DIFF places emphasis on bringing the finest arthouse movies from around the world, we also incorporate the most modern trends in filmmaking to provide a total cinema experience for film enthusiasts," he said in a statement. "Tron: Legacy, presented in 3D, will be a revelation for filmgoers at DIFF."
Sheila Whitaker, Director - International Programme, DIFF, said: "Tron set benchmarks in computer-generated imagery back in 1982, and was a film ahead of its time, pushing the frontiers of visual effects. Since its release, the film industry has witnessed revolutionary changes, especially in special effects. Tron: Legacy is expected to set another milestone in computer-generated filmmaking," he said.
The seventh edition of Dubai International Film Festival 2010 will be held from December 12 to 19.