Web Desk(December 07, 2017): Dubai´s international film festival opened on Wednesday night, bringing together Britain’s Patrick Stewart, India´s Irrfan Khan and Egypt´s Wahid Hamed cinema stars from different corners of the globe.
In a region rife with conflict which pushed the famed Marrakesh festival to take a one-year hiatus, dozens of stars, cinema lovers and social media influencers gathered for the 14th Dubai International Film Festival.The event runs through December 13 and features 140 movies from 51 countries with a heavy focus on the Middle East and North Africa, from Iran to Syria, Lebanon, Israel and the Palestinian territories.The festival opened with the Middle East premier of the Scott Cooper Western “Hostiles,” the story of a 19th century soldier forced to escort a dying Cheyenne chief and his family home starring Christian Bale and Rosamund Pike.
The festival also honours Egypt´s Hamed, the screenwriter behind the 2006 film adaptation of The Yaacoubian Building, with a lifetime achievement award, along with both Khann and Stewart.Hamed, known as a pioneer of Arab cinema, has long history of battling censorship. For over a decade, he fought for his political drama “Al-Baree” (“The Innocent”) to make it to the silver screen.
The film was finally released in 1997, and only after he had agreed to alter the ending of his tale, which chronicles the disillusionment of a peasant drafted into the Egyptian army.