A combination of danger and beauty.
DUBAI - Hollywood film director Andrew Adamson on Monday compared his acrobatic new big screen venture to "combining motor racing with ballet".
The New Zealand-born filmmaker -- who previously directed the first two movies in the Shrek and Chronicles of Narnia franchises -- visited the ninth Dubai International Film Festival at Madinat Jumeirah to discuss Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away 3D. Joining him was one of the stars of the flick, Erica Linz, as well as several other contributors to the production.
Absent though was one of the movie's producers, and arguably the most powerful man in Hollywood, James Cameron.
"It's a combination of danger and beauty," added 46-year-old Adamson about the 91-minute project. A gravity-defying love story between two gymnasts, Worlds Away combines several of the shows put on by the world's most famous touring circus, which began in Montreal, Canada in the mid-1980s.
"I wanted the film to capture both the beauty and the adrenaline rush, and that's where 3D helps. You get a sense of height and vertigo when you're watching the performance," added the director about the film, which has a red carpet gala screening tonight at Madinat Arena.
Earlier on Monday, Iraqi-Swedish filmmaker Karzan Kader talked about his debut feature Bekas, which draws upon his real-life experiences as a child refugee.
"I have a lot of wounds, and this (story) is healing part of them. I still have a war inside of me and I have to close it film by film," said the 30-year-old. Bekas, a Kurdish word which translates roughly as "loneliness", follows two young boys desperate to flee Iraq in the early 1990s and travel to America to find their hero, Superman. Kader wrote the screenplay as well as directed the film, which had its international premiere at Madinat Arena last night.
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