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The Abu Dhabi Film Festival Announces Complete 2012 Programme
The Abu Dhabi Film Festival today announced the full line-up of
its upcoming sixth edition, which will run from October 11-20. A
total of 81 feature length films and 84 short films representing 48
countries will be screened at the Festival.
Over the 10 day Festival there will be numerous activities
ranging from red carpet premieres to master classes and workshops
by regional and international film experts targeting emerging and
established Arab filmmakers, aimed at stimulating interest in
culture and the development of the creative industries.
Hollywood hit movie Arbitrage starring Richard Gere and
Nate Parker will open the Festival. Gere and Parker will be joined
on the red carpet by one of the film's Executive Producers,
Mohammed Al Turki from Saudi Arabia and director, Nicholas Jarecki.
Also attending Opening Night will be special guests, Indian
megastar Mammootty and Iranian actress, Golshifteh Farahani, among
others. The full guest list will be announced closer to the
The ADFF will this year be presenting not just one, but two
prestigious Lifetime Achievement Awards. The two recipients are
outstanding actresses representing the cream of international
talent, Egyptian screen legend Sawsan Badr and Italian film star
Claudia Cardinale. This will be the first time the Festival has
honoured an Arab star with a Lifetime Achievement Award.
At ADFF, films from the Arab world compete alongside
international titles, which will ensure an exceptional event with a
selection of the finest films on the current festival circuit. Ali
Al Jabri, Abu Dhabi Film Festival Director commented, "Once again
we have a great selection of films, something we have built a
reputation for since we launched six years ago . We will be
showcasing some of the most ground-breaking films ensuring a very
successful year for both regional and international
The programme announced today includes details of all
competitions including the Narrative, New Horizons and Documentary
competitions, as well as the full Showcase section with its
selection of recent outstanding films from around the world.
This year's Special Programmes include a Spotlight on South
Korea, with six great films and a celebration of the 50th
anniversary of Algerian independence. Furthermore, distinguished
classics, Lawrence of Arabia (1962), 20,000 Leagues
Under TheSea (1954) and Singin' in the Rain
(1952), have been painstakingly restored and will also be screened
at the festival.
Our popular Ladies' Screenings and Family Day programmes, which
feature a fine selection of films from different Festival sections,
will be back this year to provide entertainment for both women and
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