Sexy stars and cinema nerds strutted into DIFF's opening night on Wednesday

Published December 11th, 2014 - 08:55 GMT

The 11th edition of the Dubai International Film Festival (Diff) opened last night with Emily Blunt, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Lee Daniels, Bond girl Olya Kuryelenko, Indian singer Asha Bhonsle and tennis star Ana Ivanovic dazzling on the red carpet. Director Lee Daniels said it is exciting to be part of the Diff, while Adewale spoke about his character in the upcoming Game Of Thrones series.

Emirati directors Nayla Al Khaja and Ali Mostafa, and Egyptian filmmakers Nour El Sherif and Mervat Amin also made an appearance. A number of glamorous actors from the industry walked the carpet into the purpose built, 1,800-capacity Madinat Arena.

The red carpet was followed by the gala screening of The Theory of Everything, the film that follows the life of one of the globe’s most important thinkers. This Stephen Hawking biopic is directed by Academy Award-winning director James Marsh. For the first time, the festival hosted the parallel opening night at Jumeirah Beach Residence’s The Beach with Bill Murray’s St Vincent, making it a festival for all.

This is that time of the year, where cinema nerds experience the glitz and expand their cerebral horizons at the same time with insightful documentaries that throw light on issues from communities across the world.

There is an expansive list of films from the Middle East to be screened at the festival that offers a taste of traditional life and a surprising look at the issues families face in the Gulf and beyond. Movie lovers have the opportunity to celebrate the best of the cinema world till December 17.

The DIFF will be held at Madinet Jumeirah area, Madinet Theatre, JBR’s The Beach, Vox Cinemas and Mall of the Emirates.


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