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Abu Dhabi to pay tribute to Francois Truffaut at film fest

Abu Dhabi Film Festival will screen selection of movies by legendary filmmaker 30 years after his death

Abu Dhabi to pay tribute to Francois Truffaut at film fest

Abu Dhabi Film Festival (ADFF) will screen a selection of films by filmmaker, Francois Truffaut, for the first time in Abu Dhabi as part of a tribute to mark the 30th anniversary of his death.

Many of the films have been newly restored and will be presented in the best possible quality at the festival, organisers said.

The selected titles include The 400 Blows, Jules And Jim, The Wild Child, The Man Who loved Woman, Small Change, Academy Award winning Day For Night and The Last Metro, which was screened at Cannes earlier this year.

The films will be screened at ADFF, which takes place from October 23 to November 1.

Ali Al Jabri, director, Abu Dhabi Film Festival, said: "Few filmmakers have had as much impact on the art of cinema as Francois Truffaut. We want to give local audiences the chance to experience these great works of cinematic genius on the big screen to relive some of the magic that captivated movie-goers at the time and today."

The 400 Blows often ranks among the greatest films of all time and won the Best Director Award in Cannes when it premiered in 1959. It is the semi-autobiographical childhood story of a troubled French youth who is ignored and misunderstood at home and school until he is placed in a juvenile detention centre.

Known for his fluid camera work and post-modern approach, Truffaut was one of the key figures of the French new wave cinema of the late 1950s and is spoken in the same breath as other movie legends such as Jean-Luc Godard and Louis Malle.

Last week, organisers said this year's edition of the Abu Dhabi Film Festival will open for the first time with a locally produced film - From A to B by Emirati director Ali Mostafa and Image Nation Abu Dhabi.

The closing film of the festival was also been confirmed as Disney's animation film Big Hero 6.

Famed for the award winning 2009 film City of Life, Mostafa's second full length feature film follows three Western-educated Arab youths who travel 1,500 miles from Abu Dhabi to Beirut in memory of their deceased best friend, who passed away five years earlier.

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