Film Festival kicked off Wednesday with the Middle East premiere of USA director Scott Cooper's violent Western "Hostiles" playing up its underlying theme of reconciliation and Cate Blanchett and Patrick Stewart providing some Western star power on the glitzy red carpet dominated by top Arab and Bollywood talent.
This year, organizers have chosen three individuals to receive DIFF Honorary Awards in celebration of those who have contributed to the worldwide film industry. "Wahid Hamed, Sir Patrick Stewart, Irrfan Khan and Cate Blanchett are icons of the silver screen and we hope that their presence at this year's festival will help inspire a new generation of filmmaking talent".
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The festival's opening night also saw the MENA premiere of Scott Cooper's American period western film Hostiles, which stars Christian Bale and Rosamund Pike.
The Australian actress and theatre director was presented her gong by DIFF chairman Abdulhamid Juma and HH Sheikh Mansoor bin Mohammed 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. The first recipient was England's legendary talent of stage and screen Sir Patrick Stewart, for his decades-long career and iconic cinema.
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. Commenting on his association with cinema, he said, "Cinema has given me the strength to live in times of insecurity".
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Egyptian screenwriter Wahid Hamed was given a standing ovation for his contribution to the field of cinema.
Other top worldwide 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. 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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