Photos: It’s On!
Opening Press Conference announces arrival of the 5th
Abu Dhabi Film Festival.
12.10.2011 - Just steps away from the Abu Dhabi
Film Festival's gorgeous new outdoor venue, journalists and guests
gathered today at the Fairmont Bab Al Bahr for ADFF's
much-anticipated Opening Press Conference to announce new Festival
details, including celebrities expected to attend.
ADFF officially opens tomorrow, October 13, with an open-air
screening of Monsieur Lazhar, an eloquent and charming
Canadian film about an Algerian refugee who becomes the substitute
teacher for a group of traumatized students. The conference began
with a brief clip from the film.
H.E. Mohammed Khalaf Al Mazrouei, director general of the Abu
Dhabi Authority for Culture and Heritage (ADACH), welcomed guests
and said the Festival is a vital part of ADACH's commitment to
supporting diversity as one of the country's most important
"As the Festival's continually growing audiences prove," he
said, "there is great potential for quality cinema in the UAE. Each
year, the Festival's exciting program succeeds in bringing more
people together to celebrate and discover film as a serious art
form, creating an inspiring environment for audiences and
filmmakers from all over the world."
The Festival will once again bring a mix of international stars
to Abu Dhabi, ranging from British model Lily Cole (The Moth
Diaries) to American ultimate fighter Tim Credeur (the
documentary Fightville). Among its many notable guests
this year, ADFF will also welcome actors Topher Grace (The
Double) and Hend Sabri (Asma'a), as well as such
preeminent filmmakers as Todd Solondz, Michael Winterbottom, Terry
Gilliam and the UAE's own Nawaf Al-Janahi.
Saif Ali Khan will receive the Festival's inaugural Glory to the
Actor Award, sponsored by Jaeger-LeCoultre. Announcing the award,
ADFF Executive Director Peter Scarlet praised the actor and
producer for his remarkable contributions to Bollywood cinema
throughout his career. Mr. Ali Khan will receive the award in
ceremony on October 14 at the Abu Dhabi Theater, preceding the
Festival's gala screening of The Ides of March.
If you haven't already, scan ADFF's complete program to find out about all
the films and special events you can't miss!