Abu Dhabi Film Festival brings marvels of world

Gautaman Bhaskaran
Filed on October 15, 2010

The capital is all set to showcase cinema from all corners of the world for the fourth edition of the Abu Dhabi Film Festival.

Randal Wallace’s acclaimed story of a racehorse, Secretariat, heralded the 10-day Festival at the city’s iconic Emirates Palace.

Film fans will be able to see 172 movies from 43 countries pan on the screen, painting not just the joy and exhilaration, but also the pain and pathos around the globe.

Thursday evening was one of elation, a saga of speed and sensation that the horse named Secretariat created. Its owner, Penny Chenery, is delirious when the horse goes on to win the Triple Crown, the first in 25 years.

And Chenery, essayed by Diane Lane, pushes her way to the top of the tough male world, navigating through the pulsating perils of the racecourse, where fortunes are made and unmade, lives lived and destroyed. Secretariat’s added allure lies in the fact that story is true, and absolutely so. Unfortunately, Lane and her co-star in the film, John Malkovich, were not there for the gala event, but Adrien Brody and Clive Owen were, and France’s legendary actor Gerard Depardieu was expected to arrive on Sunday.

Arab cinema will be present in its full strength. Fathy Abdel Wahab, Ghada Adel and Khaled Abol Naga lead a list of famous names that includes Lebleba, Yehia el Fakharany, Yosra and many more. This is important, for one of the festival’s main focus is to bring the movies of the region into sharper focus.

For some, it will be the Indian cinema that will fire their imagination. Many would love to watch how Irrfan Khan in Tigmanshu Dhulia’s Pan Singh Tomar metamorphoses into a vicious outlaw from a passionate athlete. The people-star encounters, this year’s great novelty, will see Abbas Kiarostami, Brody, Julianne Moore and Uma Thurman among others in perhaps unique situations.

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