One of the biggest strengths of City of Life is its multi-ethnic ensemble cast. Emirati director Ali F. Mostafa brought on board a set of eclectic actors from across the globe and planted them in Dubai for over a month to shoot his ambitious feature film. tabloid! asked British actress Natalie Dormer — who played Anne Boleyn in the costume drama The Tudors — about her impressions of Dubai.
Dubai: For the Emirati filmmaker Ali F. Mustafa, life has come full circle at this year’s Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF). Two years ago he won the Best Emirati Filmmaker at the DIFF and last night he returned to the festival with the world premiere of his full-length feature film City of Life. Billed as Dubai’s first home-grown feature film helmed by an Emirati, Mustafa has tried to capture on celluloid the true spirit of Dubai with a multi-ethnic ensemble cast.
The celebrities included the Indian actor Amitabh Bachchan and the American actress and singer Mandy Moore. But the real stars of Dubai International Film Festival’s opening night were two relative newcomers. Natalie Dormer and Sonu Sood may have several decades less experience than more veteran actors, but they drew the biggest crowd at the gala opening of the festival, now in its sixth year.
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