Life of Pi cast plus Hollywood and Bollywood actors at premiere
Time Out Dubai staff
As all the hoopla surrounding this year’s film fest dues down, we’re left to piece together a scrapbook of memories. Despite fears this year could never live up to the Tom Cruise- and Mission: Impossible-fuelled hype of 2011, DIFF 2012 has been a cracker. The red carpet welcomed the likes of Cate Blanchet and Kevin Spacey to judge awards, while Colin and Livia Firth, Kristen Davies, Freida Pinto, Rooney Mara, Amr Waked and director Michael Apted all gave up their time for the Dubai Cares Oxfam Gala Dinner, which raised more than $500,000 for the charities. The cast and crew of blockbusters Life of Pi, Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away and Sapphires all strolled the red carpet to introduce their movies. But it was the strong selection of films that ensured this festival really shined, with a challenging and exciting roster of movies from across the globe on offer (Radioman and Death Metal in Angola being a couple of our faves). It's now official: Dubai International Film Festival can easily hold its own among the best film festivals on the globe.
The Lowdown What: Dubai International Film Festival 2012 Where: Sunday December 9 – Sunday December 16 Where: Various locations
Slumdog Millionaire star Freida Pinto on the red carpet for the premiere of Life of Pi at the Dubai International Film Festival at Souk Madinat Jumeirah.