By Salma Awwad
Academy Award winning director James Marsh’s film ‘The Theory of Everything’ opens the festival.
Academy Award winning director James Marsh’s film ‘The Theory of Everything’, an extraordinary story of Stephen Hawking opens the 11th Edition of the Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF).
Starring Eddie Redmayne as the extraordinary physicist and Felicity Jones as his love, fellow student Jane Wilde, the film follows the life of one of the most important thinkers.
DIFF’s 8-day run will feature 118 films from 48 countries, in 34 languages, including 55 international premieres, a host of gala screenings and numerous business opportunities from the Dubai Film Market (DFM).
Two veterans of the industry will receive the prestigious DIFF Lifetime Achievement Award this year on the opening day: acclaimed Egyptian actor Nour El Sherif for his work on more than 40 films in a career that’s spanned almost 5 decades; and Indian playback legend Asha Bhosle who has recorded more than 12,000 songs for over 850 films in her 81 years.
Golden Globe winner and IWC Brand Ambassador Emily Blunt and award winning director and IWC Ambassador Marc Forster will be flying into Dubai to join the jury for the third IWC Filmmaker Award.
The award offers a $100,000 cash prize to one winning filmmaker, and will be presented at an event hosted by ‘Official Sponsor’ and ‘Festival-Time’ Partner IWC Schaffhausen on Thursday, December 11th.
Last year, UAE director Waleed Al Shehhi received the IWC Filmmaker Award for his project Dolphins, which will receive a red carpet gala screening at the Festival on December 12th.