- Title: Hollywood stars light up Dubai Film Festival
- Date: 8th December 2016
- Summary: EGYPTIAN ACTRESS ELHAM SHAHIN WALKING THE RED CARPET
- Embargoed: 23rd December 2016 12:39
- Keywords: Dubai International Film Festival Samuel L Jackson Jake Lacy Gabriel Yared
- Location: DUBAI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES
- City: DUBAI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES
- Country: United Arab Emirates
- Reuters ID: LVA0025C0TNIT
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: American actor Samuel L. Jackson was among a host of regional and international movie stars, producers, and directors that lit up the red carpet in Dubai for the opening of the International Film Festival on Wednesday (December 7).
The Hollywood star of Pulp Fiction, Shaft and The Long Kiss Goodnight received a lifetime achievement award for his contribution to cinema over his more than four decades in the industry.
Jackson has appeared in more than 100 films. The actor told Reuters Television that he has no intention of slowing down as he prepares to celebrate his 68th birthday later this month.
Speaking to reporters on the red carpet, Jackson said he was impressed at the number of Arab films being screened at this year's festival, now in its 13th year.
Opening night showcased the American political thriller "Miss Sloane," a story that follows a ruthless and unyielding lobbyist.
Speaking to reporters on the red carpet, "Miss Sloane" actor, Jake Lacy, said he was proud to be part of a film that dealt with such a "hugely important" issue. With a heavy sigh, Lacy said "it's a mess in the U.S. right now," referring to the political earthquake in America following Donald Trump's presidential victory last month, and he conceded that he wasn't sure if the film addresses the "elements that are sort of bubbling to the surface right now in U.S. politics but I still think it's hugely important that we admit that billionaires are calling the shots, publicly or privately."
The Lebanese-French composer, Gabriel Yared said he was "very touched" to be honoured with the Arab lifetime achievement award.
The Beirut-born composer scored the 1999 hit 'The Talented Mister Ripley' which earned him an Oscar nomination.
The festival will run for eight days and will showcase more than 150 films in 44 different languages from 55 countries.
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