Red carpet glamour marks launch of Qatar's annual film festival

Four-day event gets off to a glittering start with world debut of Antonio Banderas film Black Gold
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In it's third year running, the Doha Tribeca Film Festival got off to glittering start yesterday, drawing in scores of Arab and Western celebrities on its opening night at Katara Open Air Theatre. The festival, set to run until October 29, will showcase an array of films from the region and promote Arab Cinema. Pictured above, designer Stephane Rolland and actress Yosra arrive at the premiere of 'Black Gold' (Getty Images)
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"Black Gold," a movie by French director Jacques Annaud, was partly shot in the gas-rich Gulf country. Cast members of the film (L-R) Tahar Rahim, Mark Strong, Akin Gazi, Freida Pinto and Jan Uddin attended the festival to welcome the new production. (AFP/Getty Images)
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Indian actress Freida Pinto looked stunning in pink. US actor and the founder of New York's Tribeca Film Festival, Robert De Niro, helped to organise the first Doha festival in 2009. (AFP/Getty Images)
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Egyptian actress Dalia al-Biheri waves on the red carpet. Known for her roles in Juba and Al Ghawas, as well as several TV series, the former Miss Universe winner wowed fans when she arrived at the festival. (AFP/Getty Images)
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Egyptian actor Mahmud Abdul Aziz and his wife, TV anchorwoman Poussy Shalabi were also present. (AFP/Getty Images)
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There were lots of red carpet moments for Arab star Yosra and French fashion designer Stephane Rolland who posed for cameras. (AFP/Getty Images)
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Hollywood actor Rob Lowe joined the Arab stars in the line up. Famous for his roles in films such as Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery, and TV series such as Family Guy, the young actor was a welcome guest at the high profile event. (AFP/Getty Images)
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Director Victor Kossakovsky and award-winning Cinematographer Christopher Doyle were also present. Doyle was a particularly esteemed guest, has won the AFI Award for cinematography, the Cannes Technical Grand Prize, Golden Osella, the Golden Horse awards four times, and Hong Kong Film Award six times. (Getty Images)
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Actor Omar Sharif, one of the most well known actors in the region, got a big cheer from fans. According to regional media, the proud Egyptian was excited at the current political scene and expressed his belief that democracy would spread throughout the Arab world soon. “I tell you the truth – I find that the Arab countries are improving slowly but surely,” he told Gulf Times. “I think the Arabs will have democracy within six months.” (Getty Images)
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Moroccan-born Emirati actress Maisa Moghrabi dazzled audiences with her glittering appearance at the festival. (AFP/Getty Images)
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Red carpet outfits were wide ranging. Fans screamed out for their favourite icons, and stars said talked about their enthusiasm for promoting Arab cinema. (Getty Images)
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Actress Blanca Jara, who starred in The El Escorial Conspiracy and Go Away From Me gave a smile for the cameras. (Getty Images)
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Lebanese MTV host Nishan Derharoutyounian and actress Mayssa Maghraby greeted media on the red carpet. Doha launched this year's festival four days after the end of the Abu Dhabi Film Festival, sparking further competition between the Gulf cities (Getty Images)
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Abdullah Al Kaabi and filmmaker actress Ahd Kamel posed for cameras. They were joined by other VIPs, including HE the Minister of Arts, Culture and Heritage Dr Hamad bin Abdulaziz al-Kuwari and local officials. (Getty Images)
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Filmmaker Mariam al Hammadi also wore pink, stunning audiences and wooing fans. (Getty Images)
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Actress Raya Meddine is an American actress, known for her role as Sabrina Costelana Newman on The Young and the Restless. Raya Meddine has worked in Paris, Beirut and Los Angeles, but took time out to pay a visit to Qatar for the festival. She also recently appeared in the hit summer movie "Sex and the City 2". (Getty Images)
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Executive Director of the Doha Film Institute Amanda Palmer, beamed with pride at the number of international and regional celebrities in attendance. In partnership with Tribeca Enterprises, the festival is one of Qatar's largest entertainment events, providing an international platform for Arab filmmakers and actresses to showcase their best work. (Getty Images)
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Minister of Culture HE Dr. Hamad Bin Abdulaziz Al-Kuwari, joined Amanda Palmer on stage to welcome guests at the premiere of Black Gold. (Getty Images)
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The Opening Night After Party was held at the Intercontinental Hotel in the city. (Getty Images)
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Actress Carmen Lebbos was one of many celebrities who attended the after party. (Getty Images)
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Actors Khaled Mouzanar and Nadine Labaki attend the Opening Night After Party at the Intercontinental Hotel during day 1 of the 2011 Doha Tribeca Film Festival on October 25, 2011 in Doha, Qatar. (Getty Images)
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Actors Abdullah Al Kaabi and Rafic Ali Ahmad attend the Opening Night After Party at the Intercontinental Hotel during day 1 of the 2011 Doha Tribeca Film Festival on October 25, 2011 in Doha, Qatar. (Getty Images)
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Director Jean-Jacques Annaud (R) speaks onstage at 'Black Gold' world premiere during Doha Tribeca Film Festival Opening Night at Katara Open Air Theatre during day 1 of the 2011 Doha Tribeca Film Festival on October 25, 2011 in Doha, Qatar. (Getty Images)