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Among the minute number of people who attend film festivals routinely, there is a quiet debate about the best way to get things going.Noting that the opening-night film marks the start of a festival, some argue that the event's first movie ought to be festive. The Dubai International Film Festival opened its 12th edition Wednesday evening with Lenny Abrahamson's gripping "Room," suggesting its organizers remain more interested in celebrating cinema than feel-good cinema. It was while enduing life as her captor's sex slave that she had Jack.For the first five years of his life the film's narrator has seen the world from the perspective of his place of confinement, without knowing that he was confined, or that "room" was not the world. While documentary and fiction film contests were collapsed into competitions for Arab features and Arab shorts, more than one critic noted that several of these competition films were subpar compared to previous years.On the exhibition side, DIFF's lineup is comprised of 134 films from 60 countries. This number includes 55 world and international premieres, 46 MENA premieres, 11 Middle East premieres and 17 GCC premieres.
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