MUMBAI: The Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF) will honour Shah Rukh Khan, Oliver Stone and Nabil El-Maleh for their outstanding contribution to cinema, as part of the DIFF Salutes.
DIFF Salutes is a retrospective tribute that celebrates the work of distinguished filmmakers from Asia, the Arab world, and
The three will be honoured at the Dubai International Film Festival 2006, which is scheduled to be held from 10 – 17 December at the Madinat Jumeirah.
DIFF chairman Abdulhamid Juma said, â€œWithin three years, DIFF has come a long way in capturing the attention, participation and awareness of the regional and international film industry. The presence of these legends will confirm the festival as a forum that celebrates milestone cinema. Retrospective screenings of their acclaimed work will provide further momentum to DIFFâ€™s objective of inspiring an emerging generation of film makers, who we think will take the industry to new levels of growth.
Representing Asian cinema in DIFF Salutes, Bollywood actor Shah Rukh Khan, who has appeared in over 55 films. Popularly known as â€œKing Khan, he is
A recipient of the Padmashree, Khan has also received 13 Filmfare Awards, the Best Citizen Award from the government of
Stone is well known for his trademark cinematic style of branding American history. A three-time Academy Award-winning director, producer and screenwriter, Stone is a veteran of the
At the forefront of several genre trends, his films are well crafted epics that deal with the effect of history on the individual and vice versa. A distinct feature of Stone’s movies is the unique use of cameras and film formats, as seen in JFK (1991) and Natural Born Killers (1994). Stone has won a number of Oscars, including Best Adapted Screenplay for Midnight Express (1978) and Best Director for Platoon (1986) and Born on the Fourth of July (1989). Stoneâ€™s most recent film, World Trade Center, follows the thread of his earlier works in documenting events in the United States that impact peopleâ€™s lives.
Nabil el-Maleh, the Syrian trailbreaker, film maker, poet and painter will accept the DIFF Salutes tribute on behalf of the Arab world. A pioneer in contemporary Syrian cinema, El-Maleh studied filmmaking in
El-Maleh was one of the first Arab filmmakers to use experimental techniques, which paved the way for a new cinematographic language, His 90 second film Napalm (1970), a political piece in response to the wars raging in Palestine, Vietnam and the world at that time, had a significant impact on audiences in Syria and worldwide.
Inspired by the novel written by renowned Syrian author Haydar Haydar, El-Maleh wrote the script for his first full-length feature al-Fahd (The Leopard, 1972). The film won the first prize at the Locarno Film Festival that year. In 2005, The Leopard was selected by the Pusan International Film Festival as one of the greatest masterpieces in Asian cinema history. As the scriptwriter of his most acclaimed film to date, al-Comparss (The Extras, 1993), which explores the effects of poverty and government repression on a young couple, he has been acknowledged at the Cairo International Film Festival, the Biennial of Arab Cinemas at the Institut du Monde Arabe in