Irrfan Khan gets special award at Dubai International Film Festival

A Tribute To The Souls Of The Indian Entertainment Industry Lost This Year

Thursday in Dubai will see Blanchett head up the IWC Shaffhausen prize jury that will see one Arab film project win a cash grant of $100,000 by the Swiss watchmaker.

Indian actor Irrfan Khan will be awarded the DIFF Honorary Award celebrating his 30-year career during the opening ceremony of the 14th Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF) which will commence from December 7 to December 14, according to the festival's released statement.

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The festival was honoured by the presence of His Highness Sheikh Mansoor bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum. "We are excited to welcome over 59 regional films to the Festival this year, each making sure that voices from this part of the world are heard".

DIFF's Opening Ceremony recognized those whose work has made a lasting mark on the industry with Awards that recognized achievements for outstanding contributions to cinema. "I believe that cinema has a role to play in bringing some of that turmoil to an end".

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"It's an global language that everyone can appreciate and understand". During the event, Middle East premiere of U.S. director Scott Cooper's violent Western Hostiles also took place which played up the underlying theme of reconciliation.

The Star Trek and X-Men icon's sentiment was echoed by Hostiles writer and director Scott Cooper, who in a recorded video message said that today's "polarizing" situation in the U.S.is similar to the period in the 19th century in which his film is set. DIFF perennial Olga Kurylenko was back on the carpet, this year supporting Armando Iannucci's political satire The Death of Stalin, which screens on Friday night and in which she plays pianist Maria Yudina.

Film stars who brought glitter to the festival were Hollywood icon Sir Patrick Stewart, Egyptian writer Wahid Hamed, Oscar victor Cate Blanchett, India's cross-over actor Irrfan Khan, Bollywood actress Sonam Kapoor, singer-actress Vanessa Williams, star of Palme d'or victor "The Square" Claus Bang, Saudi Arabian actress-filmmaker Ahd Kamel, Egyptian actress Yusra, Lebanese actress Nadine Njeim and Emirati filmmakers Ali Mustafa and Nayla Al Khaja, besides several other prominent faces.

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