Abu Dhabi Film Fest: 3 Things Not to Miss

Angelo Cavalli
Emirates Palace Hotel

The festival runs Oct. 23-Nov. 1

This story first appeared in the Oct. 24 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine.

Royal Digs 

Like a glittering Arabian fortress, the Emirates Palace Hotel dominates the city's coastline. With much of the interior lined in gold, your eyes may take time to readjust after days spent in dark screening rooms.

Local Talent

Festival opener From A to B features a bumper crop of the most exciting Arab talent around, including Fahad Albutairi, a stand-up comic who's considered Saudi Arabia's answer to Seinfeld.

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Big Finish

Fresh from its Oct. 23 world premiere in Tokyo, Disney's Big Hero 6 will be having its second-ever public screening when it closes the festival Nov. 1, a week before its official U.S. release.