ADFF off to flying start

Festival officially opened on Friday with premiere of From A to B
Ali Mostafa's film From A to B premiered at ADFF on Friday.
Ali Mostafa's film From A to B premiered at ADFF on Friday.

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Abu Dhabi Film Festival (ADFF 2014) officially opened on Friday.

The 10-day event kicked off with the highly anticipated screening of one of the most awaited UAE productions, From A to B, directed by Ali Mostafa.

Ali Al Jabri, director of Abu Dhabi Film Festival said: “The Festival’s Opening Ceremony marks the beginning of a 10-day celebration of world cinema. At this year’s ADFF, we pay tribute to all those artists who have spent their professional career to refine and enrich the language of cinema and offered us enduring celluloid creations.

“These moviemakers, as we define them, offer us armchair journeys around the world. The Festival creates the unique opportunity for everyone to meet some of our most outstanding contemporary moviemakers at eye level.”

The Opening Ceremony red carpet included the ADFF Career Achievement Award Winner, the French-Algerian director Rachid Bouchareb.

To celebrate the World Premiere of From A to B, director Ali Mostafa lead his cast and crew in the red carpet walk. The team included the actors Fahad Abutrairi, Shadi Alfons, Fadi Rifaai, Abdul Mohsen El Nemer, Khaled Abol Naga and Samer Al Masri, joined by the film producers Mohamed Hefzy and Paul Baboudjian.

Many stars from the Arab world also attended the opening ceremony including Tunisian singer and actor Latifah, Egyptian actresses and actors Hassan Youssef, Samir Sabry, Nabila Obaid and Poussi; Syrian actors Soulafa Memar and Kosai Khouly, as well as Lebanese singer and actor Walid Tawfik.

They were joined by talents from the GCC region, including Kuwaiti actors Abdulhussain Abdulredha, Mohammed Al-Mansour and Dawood Hussain, Omani celebrity Ibrahim Al Zadjali, Saudi actor Ibrahim Al Harbi, Emirati actor Huda Al Khatib as well as Bahraini actors Zahra Arafat and Ali al Ghurair.

Also to be spotted on the red carpet were British actress-director Carmen Chaplin and actor Shaan Shahid from Pakistan.

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