Forest Whitaker to Attend Abu Dhabi Film Festival
The seventh Abu Dhabi Film Festival opens Thursday with Hollywood heavyweight actor Forest Whitaker expected to walk the red carpet.
Forest has won 23 major acting awards during his magnaminous career including the Academy, Screen Actor’s Guild and BAFTA awards, for his performance as Ugandan dictator Idi Amin The Last King of Scotland.
Whitaker, who has starred in iconic films like The Crying Game, as well as turning his hand to producing in Fruitvale Station, and directing films such as Hope Floats and Waiting To Exhale.
In partnership with Jaeger-LeCoultre, Whitaker will receive a Black Pearl Career Achievement award in recognition of impressive body of work.
Actress Hiam Abbass, who starred in Munich, will also be presented with a Black Pearl Career Achievement Award for her admirable contributions to cinema as an artist, actress and professional.
Mervat Amin will lead the Arab stars down the carpet, including Hend Sabri, Ahmad Ezz, Basel Khayat, Eyad Nassar, Kinda Aloush, Abed Fahad, Manal Khader, and Nesrine Tafesh.
Egyptian stars Lebleba and Khaled Abol Naga, whose latest film Villa 69 has its World Premiere at ADFF, will also join the Festival where guests will attend screenings of their films, giving movie fans a chance to hear insider stories first hand.
The seventh ADFF opens with the Middle East Premiere of Life of Crime.