Hollywood stars sign up to Abu Dhabi festival

Antonio Banderas, Melanie Griffith among celebs to attend movie event.
Hollywood stars sign up to Abu Dhabi festival
STAR TURN: Antonio Banderas and Melanie Griffith have confirmed their attendance at the Middle East International Film Festival. (Getty Images)
By Andy Sambidge
Sun 05 Oct 2008 11:30 AM

Hollywood stars Antonio Banderas, Melanie Griffith and Adrien Brody will be at the Middle East International Film Festival (MEIFF) to be held in Abu Dhabi later this month.

The red carpet and opening night ceremony will screen the gala film The Brothers Bloom - which stars Brody - at the second regional festival, which runs from October 10-19.

Mohamed Khalaf Al Mazrouei, vice chairman of MEIFF and Director General of The Abu Dhabi Authority for Culture and Heritage (ADACH), said: “This year we have an array of celebrities confirmed for our event. We are extremely proud to host them in Abu Dhabi."

Director of the Festival, Nashwa Al Ruwaini also confirmed Emirati stars including Samira Ahmed, Ahmed Al Jasmi, Bilal Abdallah, Dr Habib Ghuloum and Ashjan would appear on the red carpet.

Arab film stars who have also confirmed their attendance include Yosra, Elham Shaheen, Hussein Fahmy, Kahled Saleh, Jamal Soliman, Sherif Munir, Hala Sedki, Fathi Abdel Wahab, Latifa, Saloom Haddad, Libliba, Khaled El Nabawy and Safeya Al Emary, Mohamed Heneidi, Solaf Fawakhirji, Haifa Hussain, Saad Al Faraj, Abdul Hussain Abdul Rida, Dawood Hussain, Duraid Lahham, among others.

Also attending will be Catherine Deneuve, Susan Sarandon and Laila Alawi who will join for the Cinema Verite/MEIFF 2008 panels to be held on the October 14-15 concentrating on socially conscious cinema.

“We are looking forward to welcoming all our guests at MEIFF, and this year we have so much more to offer with our outstanding line up of films, our industry events and panels,” concluded Al Ruwaini.

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