Dubai: Emirati, regional and international stars lit up the red carpet on Wednesday night as the 11th edition of the Dubai International Film Festival (Diff) opened at Madinat Arena.

The festival’s Muhr Awards jury head, US director Lee Daniels, along with his jurors, Lebanese actress-director Nadine Labaki and US actress Virginia Madsen, were among the black-tie-clad VIPs who watched the festival’s opening film, the Stephen Hawking biopic, The Theory of Everything, starring Eddie Redmayne and Felicity Jones.

“I’ve never been a head of a jury before, so this is going to be exciting,” double Oscar-nominee Daniels told Gulf News. He’s known for his films The Butler and Precious, both of which explore US race relations. “I’m excited to be a black man here in a world filled with coloured people,” he said, before revealing his criteria for winning film: “Good storytelling and great acting to define the storytelling”.

Labaki said she is not familiar with Gulf filmmaking. “So I’m excited to see films from this part of the world.”.. see more

source: gulfnews