The Dubai International Film Festival will close with David O. Russell’s hotly-anticipated American Hustle.

The curtain will come down on the nine-day movie extravaganza with one of the movies already being tipped for the major awards. It stars Christian Bale, Jennifer Lawrence, Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner, Robert De Niro and Bradley Cooper, and comes from the director of Silver Linings Playbook and The Fighter.

The screening, which will take place on December 14th, will be the first time the film has been shown at a festival anywhere in the world.

The fictional film set in the seductive world of one of the most stunning scandals to rock the US, American Hustle tells the story of brilliant con man Irving Rosenfeld (Bale), who along with his equally cunning British partner and lover Sydney Prosser (Adams) is forced to work for a wild unhinged FBI agent Richie DiMaso (Cooper). DiMaso pushes them into a world of Jersey powerbrokers and mafia that’s as dangerous as it is enchanting. Renner is Carmen Polito, the passionate, volatile, New Jersey political operator caught between the con-artists and Feds. Irving’s unpredictable wife Rosalyn (Lawrence) could be the one to pull the thread that brings the entire world crashing down.

Reflecting on the scoop, Masoud Amralla Al Ali, Artistic Director, Dubai International Film Festival, said: said: “We are thrilled to bring David O. Russell’s [new film] to DIFF this year. With one of the most exciting filmmakers working today at the helm, an outstanding cast and compelling story this is a film that is set to blow audiences away.”

Now in its 10th year, DIFF has become one of most exciting events to be held in the UAE, attracting the likes of Tom Cruise, Colin Firth, Freida Pinto, Cate Blanchett.

As part of its continued development, this year DIFF has made the festival more accessible with ‘Screen on the Green’, a series of public screenings at Burj Park, Downtown Dubai.

Abdulhamid Juma, DIFF Chairman said: “Our vision since we launched the DIFF in 2004 has always been to showcase the best new films from around the world to audiences here in the UAE. In celebration of our 10th anniversary, we are hosting free screenings to bring people together and thank the public for 10 years of support with a line-up offering something for every age group and interest. This year our programme is exceptional and we look forward to presenting the wide-ranging and eclectic mix of features, documentaries and shorts from all over the globe that will truly capture the hearts and minds of our audiences at the 10th Dubai International Film Festival.”