The Life of Pi, an adventure fantasy about an Indian boy adrift in the ocean with a Bengal tiger, opened the 9th edition of Dubai International Film Festival with its lead cast walking the red carpet.
Australian actress Cate Blanchett and India-born star Freida Pinto added Hollywood glamour to the opening gala, which was attended by some leading names from Arab cinema.
Ms Pinto glittered in a golden gown by Ralph Lauren while Blanchett was dressed in light blue gown.
Frieda Pinto is part of the international judging panel at DIFF for the short film competitions in the Muhr Arab, Muhr AsiaAfrica and Muhr Emirati categories while Blanchett is heading the jury for the IWC Schaffhausen Filmmaker Award.
Shot in 3D, Oscar-winning filmmaker Ang Lee’s Life of Pi is based on Yann Martel’s Booker-prize winning novel of the same name.
It has already released in India to good reviews and box office collection.
The opening scenes of the film were shot in India while a large section, dealing with ocean scenes, was shot in a giant water tank in Lee’s birth country Taiwan.
Director Ang Lee, Irrfan Khan and Tabu did not attend DIFF.
A total of 158 films in 43 languages from 61 countries have been lined up for the festival, which runs till December 16.
Egyptian actor Mahmoud Abdul Aziz and British film maker Michael Apted were honoured with the Life time Achievement Award.