2017 Dubai International Film Festival: Five films not to miss this weekend

2017 Dubai International Film Festival: Five films not to miss this weekend

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Text: Maddison Glendinning

The 14th edition of the Dubai International Film Festival is officially underway. Here are five movies screening this weekend that you simply can't miss.

One of the biggest events on the Dubai calendar, the Dubai International Film Festival brings the biggest and must-see films to our shores for a week. This weekend, there's no shortage of incredible movies to watch across the city with screenings at the Madinat Jumeirah, Mall of the Emirates, Galleria Mall and The Beach JBR. Here, we round up the top five flicks to catch...

Goodbye Christopher Robin

AA Milne's childhood classic has a special place in the hearts of many worldwide, however the success of the book, whose main character Christopher Robin was based on Milne's own son, was marred by Milne Jr's passionate dislike for the fictional friend (Winnie the Pooh). Goodbye Christopher Robin explores his personal journey to beautiful effect. Margot Robbie and Dominic Gleeson star. 

Goodbye Christopher Robin will air on Friday December 8, 2017. 

The Square

The winner of the Palm d'Or at this year's Cannes Film Festival, The Square is one of the most highly anticipated films on the schedule. Set in a museum in Stockholm, it stars The Handmaid's Tale's Elizabeth Moss and is a satire of the contemporary art world and its curators and collectors. 

The Square will air on Friday December 8, 2017. 

Sharp Tools

Nujoom Alghanem has been recognised for his exceptional work at the Muhr awards twice in the past so his latest film comes highly regarded. Sharp Tools follows the story of Hassan Sharif who founded the conceptual art movement in the UAE and was, according to The National, "one of the most influential and controversial artists of his time." 

Sharp Tools will air on Friday December 8, 2017. 

Mary Shelley 

Mary Shelley marks the English language debut of Saudi director Haifaa Al-Mansour. Starring Elle Fanning, Douglas Booth and Game of Thrones' Maisie Williams, the film follows the romance between a teenage Mary and poet Percy Bysshe Shelley that led to the creation of her iconic novel Frankenstein.

Mary Shelley will air on Saturday December 9, 2017.

Watermelon Club

Competing in the Emirati category in this year's Muhr awards, Yaser Al Neyadi's short film follows the story of six men who meet up to conduct rituals that recall their pasts, with shocking results. 

Watermelon Club will air on Saturday December 9, 2017.

For the full schedule and to buy tickets, visit Also, see what else is happening around the region this month in our December culture guide.


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