The 2009 Dubai International Film festival kicked off in style last night at Madinat Jumeirah.
The hotly-anticipated musical Nine, starring some of the world's leading actresses, from Nicole Kidman and Kate Hudson to Judi Dench, premiered at DIFF at the same time as its US premier in Los Angeles.
Before the screening, the film's all-star cast sent a video message to apologise for not being able to make it to DIFF. On screen, Penelope Cruz, Nicole Kidman and Judi Dench joined director Rob Marshall in greeting the DIFF audience. Marshall said he was "thrilled that this movie is opening the film festival".
Check out all of the pictures from last night's party here.
And the fun is far from over yet. For the next eight days the red carpet will welcome Hollywood and Bollywood actors, directors and producers as well as movie makers from the UAE, the region and the rest of the world.
DIFF runs until December 16 at the Madinat Jumeirah.