What's on October 19
19.10.2012 - The major event of the Abu Dhabi
Film Festival, the gala ceremony for the presentation of the Black
Pearl Awards, takes place in front of an all-star audience at
Emirates Palace tonight. The ceremony, which includes the
presentation of Lifetime Achievement Award to two of the most
glamourous and accomplished actresses working in the world today,
will be preceded by a bumper red carpet featuring cast and crew
members of more than 20 films, representatives of the Festival
juries and a host of VIP guests.
Egypt's Sawsun Badr and Tunisian-born Claudia Cardinale will be
the guests of honour at the prestigious event. The two
internationally acclaimed actresses will be honoured with Lifetime
Achievement Awards during the ceremony.
VIP Guests you can look forward to seeing on the red carpet
include actors Abdulaziz Jassem, Ali Al Ghourair, Bassam Al
Thuwadi, Daoud Hussein, Ibrabim Al Sallal, Ibrahim Al Hasawi,
Mohamed Mansour, Salah Al Mullah, Zahra Al Kharji, Fareed Ramadan,
Mukdad Abdel Rida, and Rafic Ali Ahmad. Crews wishing to film the
red carpet must book a place by 11:00 and be set up by 18:30.
Before the ceremony takes place, the public still has a chance
to see films screening in competition. First-time Director Benh
Zeitlin will attend the screening of his New Horizons competition
film, Beasts Of The Southern Wild. Also
screening in New Horizons are Ruby Sparks, I.D. and A Hijacking.
Three films, one from each of our special programs screen today.
In the Algerian programme, Ahmed Rachedi's classic film about
resistance fighters The Opium And The Baton (1969) is
screening. In the Korean program The Good the Bad and the Weird (2008)
a rollicking adaptation of Sergio Leone's spaghetti Western from
Kim Jee-Won. And you can also see on the big screen, for the first
time, a beautiful, digitally restored print of David Lean's
masterpiece Lawrence of Arabia (1962). The
screening marks 50 years since the film's release.
Two films in the Documentary competition screen today: Cursed Be the Phosphate, Sam Tlili's
film about an uprising in the phosphate-rich Gafsa region that took
place three years before Ben Ali's government was toppled, and The House I Live in, Eugene Jarecki's
searing documentary about the failure of the USA's 'war on
In the Narrative competition, see Lore, Australian Director Cate
Shortland's sensual film about the coming-of-age of the daughter of
Gestapo agents in post-war Germany, and Rachid Banhadj's film Perfumes of Algiers.