Gliteratti grace Dubai fest’s red carpet

Firth, Unwin introduce opener, 'The King's Speech'

International cinema’s gliteratti descended upon the seventh Dubai Film Festival for opening pic “The King’s Speech,” which unspooled Sunday evening at the Madinat Jumeirah Complex.

Pic’s star Colin Firth and producer Gareth Unwin introduced the film, which won five awards at the British Independent Film Awards a week ago.

Commenting on the differences between Dubai’s subtropical climate and Blighty’s “terribly gray and cold” weather, Firth told attendees his “cup runneth over with gratitude” for the film’s selection to open the fest. Carey Mulligan, who recently signed up for Steve McQueen’s sophomore feature “Shame,” walked the red carpet along with Bollywood producer Karan Johar (“Kurbaan”) and thesp Aparna Sen, whose “Ita mrinalini” will unspool at the fest.

Sean Penn, pan-Arab star Sabah and Africa’s Souleymane Cisse are also due in the emirate to receive lifetime achievement awards.

The black-tie event at the Madinat Arena was oversubscribed — a large number of guests sat on the stairs hoping for a seat — as Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum opened the fest, which will unspool 157 films from 57 nations screen over eight days. Today, it will honor Firth with the Variety Intl. Star of the Year Award.

More Scene

  • NYWIFT MUSE Awards

    Judith Light Praises Current 'Truth-Telling,' 'Courage' in Hollywood at New York Women in Film & Television Event

    International cinema’s gliteratti descended upon the seventh Dubai Film Festival for opening pic “The King’s Speech,” which unspooled Sunday evening at the Madinat Jumeirah Complex. Pic’s star Colin Firth and producer Gareth Unwin introduced the film, which won five awards at the British Independent Film Awards a week ago. Commenting on the differences between Dubai’s […]

  • Palm Springs Where to eat Drink

    Palm Springs Hotter Than Ever: Places to Eat, Drink, Stay

    International cinema’s gliteratti descended upon the seventh Dubai Film Festival for opening pic “The King’s Speech,” which unspooled Sunday evening at the Madinat Jumeirah Complex. Pic’s star Colin Firth and producer Gareth Unwin introduced the film, which won five awards at the British Independent Film Awards a week ago. Commenting on the differences between Dubai’s […]

  • Steven Spielberg Meryl Streep Tom Hanks

    Steven Spielberg, Meryl Streep, Tom Hanks on Why 'The Post' Resonates in Trump Era, #MeToo Movement

    International cinema’s gliteratti descended upon the seventh Dubai Film Festival for opening pic “The King’s Speech,” which unspooled Sunday evening at the Madinat Jumeirah Complex. Pic’s star Colin Firth and producer Gareth Unwin introduced the film, which won five awards at the British Independent Film Awards a week ago. Commenting on the differences between Dubai’s […]

  • 2017 Ripple of Hope Awards

    Why Alfre Woodard Thinks 'Everybody Gets Left Out' of Film Awards Race

    International cinema’s gliteratti descended upon the seventh Dubai Film Festival for opening pic “The King’s Speech,” which unspooled Sunday evening at the Madinat Jumeirah Complex. Pic’s star Colin Firth and producer Gareth Unwin introduced the film, which won five awards at the British Independent Film Awards a week ago. Commenting on the differences between Dubai’s […]

  • 'Father Figures' film premiere

    'Father Figures' Premiere Raises Funds for Southern California Wildfire Victims

    International cinema’s gliteratti descended upon the seventh Dubai Film Festival for opening pic “The King’s Speech,” which unspooled Sunday evening at the Madinat Jumeirah Complex. Pic’s star Colin Firth and producer Gareth Unwin introduced the film, which won five awards at the British Independent Film Awards a week ago. Commenting on the differences between Dubai’s […]

  • 'Grown-ish' TV show premiere

    A Meme Inspired 'Black-ish' Spinoff 'Grown-ish,' Creator Kenya Barris Says

    International cinema’s gliteratti descended upon the seventh Dubai Film Festival for opening pic “The King’s Speech,” which unspooled Sunday evening at the Madinat Jumeirah Complex. Pic’s star Colin Firth and producer Gareth Unwin introduced the film, which won five awards at the British Independent Film Awards a week ago. Commenting on the differences between Dubai’s […]

  • 'Bright' film premiere

    Will Smith Discusses 'Bright's' Racial, Social, Allegorical Undertones

    International cinema’s gliteratti descended upon the seventh Dubai Film Festival for opening pic “The King’s Speech,” which unspooled Sunday evening at the Madinat Jumeirah Complex. Pic’s star Colin Firth and producer Gareth Unwin introduced the film, which won five awards at the British Independent Film Awards a week ago. Commenting on the differences between Dubai’s […]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content