Irrfan Khan honoured at Dubai Film Fest

Eva Longoria attending the'Solitaire red carpet during last year's Dubai International Film Festival. Neilson Barnard  Getty Images for DIFF

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.

The Australian actress and theatre director was presented her gong by DIFF chairman Abdulhamid Juma and HH Sheikh Mansoor bin Mohammed al Maktoum.

There were plenty of familiar faces on the red carpet - the opening film itself was represented on the night by native American actress Q'orianka Kilcher, along with members of the movie's production team, while local talent included The Worthy director Ali F Mostafa and Amal Al Agroobi, who is now raising funds for her next feature Doris Domestic.

The opening ceremony at Madinat Arena began with presentation of the lifetime achievement awards to film icons from different parts of the world. Indian actor Irrfan Khan, legendary thespian Sir Patrick Stewart, Australian actress and two-time Oscar victor Cate Blanchett and other regional and worldwide talents graced the red carpet.

This year, organizers have chosen three individuals to receive DIFF Honorary Awards in celebration of those who have contributed to the global film industry.

"We'd heard about this huge, incredible new gallery, The Louvre, opening in Abu Dhabi, so I was delighted when I learned we would have enough time to visit Abu Dhabi and take a look tomorrow".

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.

Another award was presented to acclaimed Indian actor Irrfan Khan recognising an incredible body of work of more than eighty films in India, as well work in British films and Hollywood. Commenting on his association with cinema, he said, "Cinema has given me the strength to live in times of insecurity".

Renowned Egyptian writer Wahid Hamed was honoured for his decades-spanning career which has left a lasting impact on cinema in Egypt and across the region. The movies are set to be screened across the city, including the main location at Souk Madinat Jumeirah as well as VOX Cinemas, Mall of the Emirates and VOX Cinemas, Galleria Mall.

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