The 14th Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF) kicked off on Wednesday, with the participation of Morocco. This Lebanese designer redefined the idea of a fairytale wedding gown...
The Australian actress and theatre director was presented her gong by DIFF chairman Abdulhamid Juma and HH Sheikh Mansoor bin Mohammed al Maktoum. "Before we inaugurate this festival, we just got the news from (director) Tigmanshu Dhulia that with enormous remorse I have to announce to the audience sitting here that veteran actress Shashi Kapoor has passed away and his contribution will never be forgotten and will always be remembered by the film Industry in India, world over", said founder-president Ramkishore Parcha in an interview with the Firstpost.
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"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. "Wahid Hamed, Sir Patrick Stewart, Irrfan Khan [Hamed and Khan were also receiving achievement awards] 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".
"It's an global language that everyone can appreciate and understand".
Taking place from December 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.
"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".
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.