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Dubai International Film Festival lights up silver screens across the city

Dubai International Film Festival lights up silver screens across the city

The 14th Dubai International Film Festival (Diff 2017) opened on Wednesday in the presence of glittering stars of the Gulf and Arab film world, besides many bigwigs from Hollywood, Bollywood and other film industries, which bolstered its status as the region's top film festival and an Arab cinema platform.

Stewart was attending to pick up a lifetime achievement award on opening night, and he revealed on the red carpet that he'll be fitting the capital into his whistle-stop trip to the UAE too: "My wife and I are both great lovers of art and we love to visit galleries", he told The National.

There were plenty of familiar faces on the red carpet - the opening film itself was represented on the night by native American actress Q'orianka Kilcher, along with members of the movie's production team, while local talent included The Worthy director Ali F Mostafa and Amal Al Agroobi, who is now raising funds for her next feature Doris Domestic.

The 14 edition was also attended by HH Sheikh Mansoor bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum.

England's legendary talent of stage and screen Sir Patrick Stewart was awarded for his decades-long career and iconic cinema.

The Star Trek and X-Men icon's sentiment was echoed by Hostiles writer and director Scott Cooper, who in a recorded video message said that today's "polarizing" situation in the U.S.is similar to the period in the 19th century in which his film is set.

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"Despite the worldwide economic slump, which has threatened to close down many film festivals, some of them in countries like Jordan, Egypt, Morocco and Ukraine, have managed to swim against the tide and keep their events alive", said Parcha.

She's one of the world's most style-savvy stars (as well as an internationally acclaimed actress), and Cate Blanchett certainly brought her A-game to Dubai.

Renowned Egyptian writer Wahid Hamed was honoured for his decades-spanning career which has left a lasting impact on cinema in Egypt and across the region.

Internationally acclaimed Australian actress and two-time Oscar victor Cate Blanchett added a touch of glamour to the festival.

Other top global and Arab talents sighted strutting down the Madinat Arena red carpet include Vanessa Williams; Bond girl Olga Kurylenko; Egypt-based Tunisian star Hend Sabry; Bollywood star Sonam Kapoor, Lebanese/Australian model Jessica Kahawaty; Lebanese TV personality Raya Abirached and Turkish TV star Tuba Buyukustun, who is known in the Arab world as Lamis.

In the festival, films will be screened over eight days at the Madinat Jumeirah Arena, Madinat Theatre, Souk Madinat Jumeirah and VOX Cinemas, Mall of the Emirates and THE BEACH - opposite JBR. "We are excited to welcome over 59 regional films to the Festival this year, each making sure that voices from this part of the world are heard".


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