Stars Shone on ADFF's Red Carpet
11.10.2012 - Everyone that attended the
star-studded Opening Night Gala of the Abu Dhabi Film Festival on
Thursday October 11 got a taste of movie star glamour when they
joined film stars and movie makers on the red carpet at Emirates
Screen legend Richard Gere, the star of the opening night
thriller Arbitrage, was joined by co-star Nate
Parker, one of Hollywood's rising stars, along with the films'
director Nicholas Jarecki, and producers Mohammed Al Turki, Brian
Young and Kevin Turen.
Leading lights of Arab cinema joined the audience for the
screening, including Menna Shalabi, Bassem Samra, Elham Shahin,
Carmen Lebbos, Jamal Soliman, Bassel Khayat and Hatem Ali. From the
Gulf region will be Ibrahim All Moulla, Mohammad Al Mansour, Abdel
Aziz Jasimm, Daod Husein, Bothaina Al Rais, Salah Al Moulla and
Zahara al Khargi attended.
Indian cinema icon Mammootty and his wife flew in especially for
the Festival opening.
The public also got their first sight of some of the filmmakers
whose films will screen over the 10 days of the Festival, as well
as the jury members who will awards prizes to films in
From the Narrative film jury, film stars Shabana Azmi and Niki
Karimi joined Cédomir Kolar, Samir Farid and Ismaël Farroukhi on
the red carpet, along with Documentary jury members Miguel Littin,
Carles Bosch, Safinez Bousbia and Mohamed Hefzy.
Visitors from the New Horizons jury, Françoise Bonnot and
Vimukthi Jayasundara, felt the warmth of Emirati hospitality in the
company of Nawaf Al-Janahi, a leading local talent. Emirates
Film Competition Jury members Rida Behi, Ahd Kamel, Ali Al Ali,
Suha Salem and Bader Ben Hirsi was also at the film.
Representatives of films screening during the Festival who
walked the red carpet included: Actor Khaled Nabawy and Director
Sam Kadi for US production The
Citizen; Doaa Eladi and Hazem Al Hamwi for As if
We Were Catching a Cobra; Algerian Director Moussa Haddad
and Producer Amina Haddad representing Harraga Blues; Mumbain's King's Director Manjeet Singh
from India; Italian Director Enzo D'Alo and Producer Maricla
Affatato for the feature animation film Pinocchio, Producer Jub Clerc from
Australia for Satellite Boy and the Director of
Malaysian production Songlap, Effendee Mazlan.