Dubai International Film Festival kicks off with dash of glitz and glamour

Angelo Anderson
December 7, 2017

This time around, it was the Christian Bale-starring period Western Hostiles that raised the curtain on the 14th edition of the Dubai International Film Festival, once again taking place at its traditional hub at the beachside Madinat Jumeirah.

Film stars who brought glitter to the festival were Hollywood icon Sir Patrick Stewart, Egyptian writer Wahid Hamed, Oscar victor Cate Blanchett, India's cross-over actor Irrfan Khan, Bollywood actress Sonam Kapoor, singer-actress Vanessa Williams, star of Palme d'or victor "The Square" Claus Bang, Saudi Arabian actress-filmmaker Ahd Kamel, Egyptian actress Yusra, Lebanese actress Nadine Njeim and Emirati filmmakers Ali Mustafa and Nayla Al Khaja, besides several other prominent faces.

Delhi International Film Festival which began in the year 2012 consists of an advisory committee headed by the renowned "Dada Saheb Phalke" awardee, Sri Adoor Gopal Krishnan working closely with big names of the Indian Cinema like Subhash Ghai, Mani Rathnam, Ketan Mehta, Tigmanshu Dhulia, Anurag Kashyap, Anooj Kapoor, Mohan Agashe, Manoj Bajpai, Mandira Bedi, Shriram Raghwan, Jimmi Shergil, N. Chandra, Sandeep Marwah, Shailesh Loadha, Yashpal Sharma and Arvind Gaur.

The 14 edition was also attended by HH Sheikh Mansoor bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum. The second honorary award was presented to iconic British actor Sir Patrick Stewart OBE, a stalwart of stage, television and film for nearly six decades.

Blanchett, in fine fetter, after praising the fest for celebrating "diverse voices within the region" noted on stage that she was the opening ceremony's first honoree: "It's ladies first tonight, which is probably a good motto heading forward for the film industry", she said.

Overall, the eight-day event will screen more than 140 works from 51 countries at venues all across Dubai. Reflecting on the current global scenario, Stewart said, "Not only Hollywood, but Europe and the outside world are in turmoil presently. I believe that cinema has a role to play in bringing some of that turmoil to an end". The fourth award was presented to two-time Oscar victor Cate Blanchett is an internationally acclaimed Australian actress and theatre director with a long and illustrious career and has featured in an array of successful and critically acclaimed films.

Internationally acclaimed Australian actress and two-time Oscar victor Cate Blanchett added a touch of glamour to the festival. Egyptian Wahid Hamid, who has been producing script for Arab TV and cinema for more than 40 years, was also rewarded.

Speaking ahead of the opening film, festival chairman Abdulhamid Juma commented: "We are honoured to be able to recognize the work of remarkably talented individuals who have shaped the industry today". The movies are set to be screened across the city, including the main location at Souk Madinat Jumeirah as well as VOX Cinemas, Mall of the Emirates and VOX Cinemas, Galleria Mall.

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