Star shows, premieres mark DTFF closing
Doha, October 31, 2011
The third edition of the Doha Tribeca Film Festival (DTFF) closed with a gala at the specially-constructed Katara Open Air Theatre with the Mena premiere of Luc Besson’s latest film 'The Lady.'
The screening, which was done in the presence of the 'The Lady' director and star, Malaysian actress Michelle Yeoh, was followed by a rousing live performance by pop superstar Leona Lewis.
The festival’s Best Narrative Film and Best Documentary Audience Awards ($100,000) were bestowed on Lebanese filmmaker Nadine Labaki’s 'Where Do We Go Now?' and documentarian Morgan Spurlock’s Comic Con Episode IV: A Fan’s Hope, respectively.
A host of luminaries and filmmakers attended including 'The Lady' producer Virginie Besson-Silla, jury president Mohammad Malas, actresses and jury members Robin Wright and Carmen Lebbos, documentary jury president Nick Broomfield, filmmakers Eric Khoo, Jasmila Zbanic, and Hakim Belabbes, head of Istanbul Film Festival Azize Tan and Tribeca enterprises founder and DFI cultural partner Robert De Niro.
Others who walked the red carpet for closing night included Normal director Merzak Allouache (Best Arab Narrative Film winner), The Virgin The Copts and Me director Namir Abdel Messeeh (winner of Best Arab Documentary Film), documentarian Rania Stephan, Emirati filmmaker Abdulla Al Kaabi, director of The Three Disappearances of Soad Hosni, Abdulaziz Al-Nujaym, director of Best Arab Short Film winner Where Are You?, and Black Gold star Jan Uddin.
The third DTFF was held from October 25 to 29, featured a diverse selection of films from the Middle East and 35 countries around the world.
The roster of celebrities and notables who were in town for DTFF included Egyptian Screen legends Yosra and Omar Sharif, Freida Pinto, Mark Strong, Rob Lowe, and globally renowned French photographer Brigitte Lacombe.-TradeArabia News Service