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Red Sea Film Festival honors in Venice girls protagonists of Arab cinema



Venice, Italy – 3 September 2022: The Red Sea International Film Festival (RSIFF) and Vanity Fair have come collectively to have fun visionary feminine expertise each on and behind the digital camera who’re shaping the movie trade and creating extraordinary tales that resonate with audiences all over the world.  

At a gala occasion hosted alongside the 79th Venice International Film Festival on the Palazzo Rocca Contarini Corfù, the RSIFF and Vanity Fair honoured six exceptional girls working on the coronary heart of the Arab movie trade. 

The gala occasion shone the highlight on a trio of trailblazing expertise from Saudi Arabia together with the acclaimed filmmaker Haifaa al-Mansour (Wadjda, Perfect Candidate, Mary Shelley), award successful actress and filmmaker Ahd Kamel (Collateral, Honour, Wadjda) and thrilling one to observe Sumaya Rida (Rupture, Rashash). They had been joined by Oscar nominee Kaouther Ben Hania (The Man Who Sold His Skin, Beauty and the Dogs), celebrated actress Hend Sabry (Finding Ola, Noura’s Dream, Asmaa) and Dorra Zarrouk (Walls, Zombie Goes Zombie) all hailing from Tunisia. 

Haifaa al-Mansour defined: “I’m extremely honoured to return to Venice Film Festival for the Women in Cinema Gala. I’m very grateful to Vanity Fair for together with me on this unimaginable occasion with all of those extraordinary girls. Venice has been my “house” pageant for the reason that launch of my first movie ‘Wadjda’ right here ten years in the past. I used to be overjoyed to return to Venice for my observe up Saudi movie, ‘The Perfect Candidate’, and hope to return with one other Saudi movie very quickly!”

Shivani Pandya Malthora; Managing Director; Mohammed Al Turki; CEO of the Red Sea International Film Festival and Simone Marchetti; Vanity Fair European Editorial Director and Editor in Chief additionally welcomed to the occasion; Isabelle Huppert, Carla Bruni, Nadine Labaki, Sabrina Carpenter, Philippine Leroy, Brina Knauss, Rocio Muñoz Morales, Sarah Tiba, Sarah Gadon, Beatrice Venezi, Maria Pedraza, Nicole Rossi and Claudio Santamaria.

Shivani Pandya Malhotra, Managing Director of the RedSeaIFF, mentioned: “The Red Sea International Film Festival has an necessary function to play in making certain girls’s tales are showcased to as many individuals as doable and offering a platform to make sure their voices are heard. We attempt to ascertain methods for girls to succeed as storytellers as they proceed to form our cultural panorama. Together with Vanity Fair we’re celebrating girls who’re main the best way and galvanizing a brand new era of creatives.”

Mohammed Al Turki; CEO of the RedSeaIFF added: “I’m thrilled to see the rise of ladies filmmakers making a mark on the world of cinema and with our mates at Vanity Fair we honour these sensible girls as they proceed to take the trade by storm, breaking stereotypes and bringing contemporary narratives to the display. We’re grateful for his or her superb contributions and can’t wait to see what they do subsequent.”

The second version of the Red Sea International Film Festival will run in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia from December 1-10, 2022. 

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