‘The Lunchbox’ Star Irrfan Khan to Head Up Abu Dhabi Film Festival Jury

The Lunchbox Cannes Critics Week Still - H 2013

The Lunchbox Cannes Critics Week Still - H 2013

The event opens Oct. 24 with the world premiere of Emirati film 'From A to B'

The Abu Dhabi Film Festival, which kicks off in the United Arab Emirates capital on Friday, has revealed that Irrfan Khan will preside the narrative feature competition.

The Mumbai-based star of 2013's crossover hit The Lunchbox will be joined by Algerian novelist and academic Waciny Laredi, U.S director-producer Stephen Shainberg (Secretary), Australian director Cate Shortland and Palestinian actor Ali Suliman, recently seen opposite Mark Wahlberg in Lone Survivor.

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Elsewhere across the competitions, the jury for the New Horizons section for first- and second-time features is being led by French producer Catherine Dussart (The Missing Picture), while the documentary jury head is cinematographer Christina Voros (As I Lay Dying).

The festival runs until Nov. 1, opening with Emirati film From A to B by local filmmaker Ali F. Mostafa and closing with Disney’s animated superhero adventure Big Hero 6.