Hollywood A-listers Samuel L. Jackson and Jake Lacy grace the red carpet at the opening of the 13th Dubai International Film Festival. ROUGH CUT (No reporter narration)
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: American actor Samuel L. Jackson was among a host of regional and international movie stars, producers, and directors that lit up the red carpet in Dubai for the opening of the International Film Festival on Thursday (December 8). The Hollywood star of "Pulp Fiction", "Shaft" and "The Long Kiss Goodnight" received a lifetime achievement award for his contribution to cinema over his more than four decades in the industry. Jackson has appeared in more than 100 films. The actor told Reuters Television that he has no intention of slowing down as he prepares to celebrate his 68th birthday later this month. Opening night showcased the American political thriller "Miss Sloane," a story that follows a ruthless and unyielding lobbyist. The Lebanese-French composer, Gabriel Yared said he was "very touched" to be honoured with the Arab lifetime achievement award. The Beirut-born composer scored the 1999 hit "The Talented Mister Ripley" which earned him an Oscar nomination. The festival will run for eight days and will showcase more than 150 films in 44 different languages from 55 countries.