ADFF Festival Buzz: who is coming?

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Who is coming?

Celebrity spotters pay heed. Until now, the organisers of the Abu Dhabi Film Festival have been hesitant to reveal most of the names of the stars that we can expect to see on gala nights. A press conference scheduled for Wednesday morning, however, promises to reveal the actors, directors and producers who’ll be traipsing the red carpet and serving on the juries to judge the awards. So far, confirmed attendees are the Egyptian actors Mervat Amin and Nelly Karim, the Tunisian actress Hend Sabri and the Palestinian actress Hiam Abbass. Daniel Schechter will be on hand for a special In Conversation session on Friday, October 25.

A Touch of Sin

Another big winner on the festival circuit is Jia Zhangke’s A Touch of Sin. The Chinese movie, which combines social drama with martial arts action, scooped the Best Screenplay award at Cannes Film Festival in May.The movie is being screened at 9.15pm on Tuesday, October 29 at Vox 5 and 6pm on Saturday, November 2 at Vox 6.


This Polish film, which tells of a novice nun and her magistrate aunt who embark on a road trip, has already earned much acclaim, including picking up the prestigious International Federation of Film Critics Award at the Toronto International Film Festival.

It’s IMDB rating currently stands at an impressive 8.0.