Omar Sharif’s final film will be screened at the Dubai International Film Festival. The late actor passed away in July aged 83, however DIFF will have some of his last work on the big screen to help fans celebrate his life this December.
Egyptian star Omar has three Golden Globe Awards to his name and came out of retirement to get involved in short flick ‘1001 Inventions and the World of Ibn Al-Haytham’.
The motion picture is by award-winning director and producer Ahmed Salim, and is one of 15 in the Muhr Gulf Shorts category, which specializes in regional talent.
Partially animated, the film is about the scientific journey of 11th Century Arab polymath and philosopher who is the title character and his discovery of the nature of light and vision.
His findings helped set the foundation for modern science and named him the “father of experimental physics, modern optics and scientific methodology, as well as camera obscura – the device that forms the basis of photography and cinematography”.
Sharif taking the lead role is ideal as he studied physics before finding fame.
Filmmaker Ahmed Salim commented: “I am truly honoured that our short film will have its World Premiere in Dubai but saddened that Omar Sharif will not be with us.
“Ibn Al-Haytham’s inspirational life and his contributions to our world deserved to be appreciated by everyone especially the world of cinema and photography. This film attempts to honour his legacy and I hope it will engage the hearts and minds of millions of young people around the world.”
Other must-see movies at the event include ‘Truth’, starring Robert Redford and Cate Blanchett, drama ‘The Daughter’ starring Academy Award winner Geoffrey Rush, plus ‘Suffragette’ with powerhouse performances from Carey Mulligan and Helena Bonham Carter.
Tickets for DIFF, taking pace December 9-16, start at Dhs275.