The 14th annual Dubai International Film Festival began with a bang on Wednesday evening، with a red carpet roll out to mark the beginning of a stellar line-up of film premieres and screenings across the city، Arab news reported.
A number of A-list celebrities were present during the opening ceremony including، Mohamed Henedi، Yousra، Ahmed Ezz، Safia El Emari، producer Medhat El Adl، Egyptian writer Wahid Hamed، and his son، director Marwan Hamed، Bushra، Ahmed Fahmy، Aida Reyad، Menna Shalabi، and Hend Sabry.
Stars walking the red carpet also included Oscar-winner Cate Blanchett، American singer-actress Vanessa Williams، and British actor Sir Patrick Stewart.
Taking place from Dec. 6 – 13، the festival will showcase more than 140 short and feature-length films in more than 38 languages from 51 countries in the Arab world and beyond.
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.
The Opening Night Gala on Wednesday presented award-winning director Scott Cooper’s “Hostiles،” starring Christian Bale and Rosamund Pike.
This year، organizers have chosen three individuals to receive DIFF Honorary Awards in celebration of those who have contributed to the international film industry.
British actor Sir Patrick Stewart، who played Professor Charles Xavier in the “X-Men” franchise، was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award for his almost-six-decade-long career، while Egyptian writer Wahid Hamed was given an honorary award for his four-decade career.
Bollywood actor Irfan Khan، who has also played roles in Hollywood films، is set to be honored for his significant contribution — including his more than 80 films — to the international film industry.