Abu Dhabi Film Festival to honour filmmaker Francois Truffaut
For the first time in its history
In a move that marks the 30th anniversary of his passing, ADFF has newly restored a selection of Francois Truffaut and will present them at the festival this, organisers have announced.
Ali Al Jabri, Abu Dhabi Film Festival director, said, "Few filmmakers have had as much impact on the art of cinema as Francois Truffaut. We want to give local audiences the chance to experience these great works of cinematic genius on the big screen to relive some of the magic that captivated movie-goers at the time and today."
The selected titles include The 400 Blows, Jules And Jim, The Wild Child, The Man Who loved Woman, Small Change, the Academy Award winning Day For Night and The Last Metro, which was screened at Cannes earlier this year.
Known for his fluid camera work and post-modern approach, Truffaut was one of the key figures of the French new wave cinema of the late 1950s. 400 Blows often ranks among the greatest films of all time and won the 'Best Director Award' in Cannes when it premiered in 1959. It is the semi-autobiographical childhood story of a troubled French youth who is misunderstood at home and school.
Organisers have also said that this year's edition of the festival will open for the first time with a locally produced film – From A to B by Emirati director Ali Mostafa and Image Nation Abu Dhabi.
The films will be screened at ADFF, which takes place from October 23 to November 1.