Morocco: Dubai International Film Festival Opens With Morocco's Participation

Friday, 08 Dec, 2017

The Dubai International Film Festival opened last night, and Sir Patrick Stewart received an honorary award at the opening ceremony.

The Australian actress and theatre director was presented her gong by DIFF chairman Abdulhamid Juma and HH Sheikh Mansoor bin Mohammed al Maktoum.

The Red Carpet was abuzz with talent and entertainment as legends of the big and small screen as local, regional and global talent graced the red carpet on the inaugural night of the eight-day festival.

Donning a fuchsia, pink and black lattice-detailed gown by Giorgio Armani, Blanchett picked up a Lifetime Achievement Award at the Madinat Jumeirah ceremony.

"We'd heard about this huge, incredible new gallery, The Louvre, opening in Abu Dhabi, so I was delighted when I learned we would have enough time to visit Abu Dhabi and take a look tomorrow". He first received worldwide recognition for the 2001 British film "The Warrior", and his works have earned him numerous award nominations and global acclaim.

"Not only Hollywood, but Europe and the outside world is in turmoil at the moment, and I believe that cinema has a role to play in bringing it to an end", the English star said on stage, according to The Hollywood Reporter. "The Variety Studio will be buzzing with activity throughout the festival, sharing the excitement of DIFF and exclusive stories from the talented people behind some of this year's most anticipated films from around world".

Variety, in association with the Dubai International Film Festival, has announced its first interview studio in the Middle East.

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.

Irrfan Khan began his career in Indian television and cinema.

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

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.