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Film Festival Essentials: What’s on Thursday October 18
Glamour will be the word of the day when screen legend Claudia
Cardinale graces the red carpet for the gala screening of veteran
Director Manoel de Oliveira's latest film and Black Pearl Awards
are awarded to the entrants in the Emirates Film Competition and
International Short Film Competition tonight.
Born in Tunisia to Italian parents, Claudia Cardinale is
acclaimed internationally, a true legend of the silver screen. She
first appeared in Goha (1958) and has appeared in more
than 100 films, working with some of the greatest filmmakers of our
time. She will be honoured with a Lifetime Achievement Award on 19
October but tonight joins us for the gala red carpet screening of
Gebo And The Shadow, an entrant in the Narrative
Amongst the other filmmakers attending the screening is a
surprise guest, Benh Zeitlin, whose film Beasts of the Southern
Wild is taking the world by storm. Photographers and film
crews must be ready by 18:00 for photo opportunities.
Press are welcome to attend and film the Black Pearl Awards
Ceremony at Emirates Palace at 21:00 tonight. The ceremony will be
a glamorous affair, attended by delegations from the competing
films and the juries for both competitions.
There will be a big turn-out for the screening of Coming
Forth By Day, the narrative feature debut by award-winning
Egyptian Director Hala Lofty. The film, which screens in the New
Horizons competition, received funding from SANAD. Hala Lofty will
be joined at the screening by the film's stars Donia Maher and
Salma Al Nagger, as well as a number of key members of the
Other on-screen highlights today include the Narrative
competition film In the House by François Ozon. The film
won the FIPRESCI prize at Toronto last month. The young star, Ernst
Umhauer, joins us for the screening, along with his co-star Denis
Ménochet, who plays the patriarch of the family the boy
Two Showcase films screen today. Ai Wei Wei: Never
Sorry is about one of China's most famous contemporary
artists. Director Alison Klayman first met the artist in 2008 and
followed him through his detention and release by Chinese
authorities in 2011. She will attend the screening and participate
in a Q&A afterwards which is bound to be fascinating.
Also screening in Showcase is Flight, the new Denzel
Washington film in which he plays a hero pilot who is discovered to
have been drinking on the job. The film's Producers, Walter Parkes
and Laurie MacDonald will attend the film.
In the Documentary competition, Meanwhile In Mamelodi
looks at how little impact the 2010 FIFA World Cup had on the lives
of people living in townships a stone's throw from the hype.
Director Benjamin Kahlmeyer and Producer Boris Frank will attend
Media representatives have the opportunity to conduct interviews
with delegations from several films. Please check the press
schedule for details.
This is the first year the Abu Dhabi Film Festival has been
presented under the management of TwoFour54, as part of the plan to
strategically align the festival alongside Abu Dhabi's other media
initiatives and related events, reinforcing Abu Dhabi as the
creative hub for the region supporting film production.
Contact thePress Team