Danny Glover, Youssef Chahine and Im Kwon-Taek Honoured with Lifetime Achievement Awards

Mon Nov 26,2007

Dubai, 26 November, 2007: The Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF) today announced that this year’s Lifetime Achievement Awards will honour Danny Glover, Youssef Chahine and Im Kwon-Taek for their outstanding work in cinema.

The Lifetime Achievement Award is a retrospective tribute that celebrates the world of influential filmmakers from the West, the Arab world, and the East. This follows last year’s awards, which honoured Academy Award-winning director, Oliver Stone, Syrian film maker Nabil El-Maleh and Bollywood heartthrob Shah Rukh Khan.

DIFF Chairman Abdulhamid Juma, said: “DIFF is fast gaining recognition in the regional and international film industries. The presence of these artists will further our mission to celebrate the art of cinema. Screenings of their acclaimed oeuvres will act as a source of inspiration to emerging filmmakers that we are confident will drive the industry to even greater heights.”

Representing Egyptian cinema is director, actor, producer and screenwriter Youssef Chahine, one of the most distinguished and controversial figures in Egyptian cinema since the 1950’s. Chahine is better known for his controversial pieces including The Sparrow (1973) and The Emigrant (1994); the latter film was controversial in Egypt, as fundamentalists opposed its depiction of religious characters. Chahine was honoured with a lifetime achievement award at the 50th Anniversary of the Cannes Film Festival. DIFF 2007 will screen his Cairo Station (1958) and Chaos (2007).

American actor, activist and producer Danny Glover is best known for his roles in The Colour Purple and the Lethal Weapon series, and has been an important figure in independent cinema in the US and internationally. He was producer of last year’s DIFF African Cinema presentation Bamako, and his dramatic versatility has earned him critical acclaim. He has received five NAACP Image Awards for his achievements as an actor of colour, alongside five Emmy Award nominations for his outstanding performances, including lead actor in Mandela (1987) and supporting role in Freedom Song (2000). In March 1998, Glover was appointed Ambassador to the United Nations Development Programme. In honour of Glover, DIFF 2007 will screen the classic To Sleep with Anger and his new film Honeydrippers, directed by John Sayles; Glover plays the lead role in both films.

Honouree Im Kwon-Taek is one of the most critically and commercially successful filmmakers in South Korea; his Sopyonje (1993) was the first domestic film to draw over a million viewers in Seoul alone, and he is recognized as a founding member of the ‘New Korean Cinema’ or ‘Korean New Wave.’ This year he released his 100th film, Beyond the Years, which DIFF will screen along with Chihwaseon (Drunk on Women and Poetry) (2002). Both are sumptuous and dramatic portraits of Korean artists.

DIFF will honour the three distinguished guests during the Dubai International Film festival 2006, which will run from 10-17 December at the Madinat Jumeirah.

DIFF 2007’s Principal Sponsors are Dubai Duty Free, Dubai Pearl, Emirates and Jumeirah.


About DIFF:

The Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF) was launched in December 2004 under the theme: Bridging Cultures. Meeting Minds.

DIFF is held under the honorary Chairmanship of His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum. DIFF is a not-for-profit cultural event, presented and organised by the Dubai Technology and Media Free Zone Authority.

As the previous editions of DIFF have demonstrated, the Festival not only presents cinematic excellence from around the world, but is also an important high-profile platform for aspiring home-grown talent.

“Bridging Cultures. Meeting Minds,” has been hailed by all as a unique and relevant theme to promote better understanding and mutual respect between different communities and countries.

Since its inception, DIFF has become an important meeting point for international and regional filmmakers and industry professionals setting the foundation for potential future collaborations.

The past three editions of DIFF have presented more than 250 films, documentaries and shorts from more than 48 countries.

DIFF 2006

In 2006 the festival took place at the magnificent Madinat Jumeirah resort. As a further commitment of DIFF’s endeavours to facilitate greater opportunities for regional Arab talent, the Muhr Awards was launched. Another first for DIFF in 2006 was the setting up of the Industry Office, which was established with a view to exclusively assist the needs of all registered delegates.

DIFF 2007

The fourth edition of the Dubai International Film Festival will take place from December 9-16 and will present the best of Arab and international cinema in the feature film, shorts and documentary formats. Building on the success of last year, DIFF 2007 will also host the Muhr Awards and the Industry Office with new features.

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