The 2nd Red Sea Film Festival will start on Thursday 1st December, 2020 off the coast of Saudi Arabia The metropolis of Jeddah screened films for several days.
To save International attendees some time, The Hollywood Reporter Several unmissable things have been selected through the festival program.
Stage Talks – Spike Lee, Sharon Stone, Luca Guadagnino and more
The Red Sea Film Festival is just entering its sophomore year, and it’s not even a short flight away, it has managed to attract an impressive amount of international talent Come to its shores for a special show-talk event. Actors lined up on stage at the Red Sea Mall included Sharon Stone, Andy Garcia, Guy Ritchie, Luca Guadagnino, Gurinder Chada, Nadine Labaki, Ake Shay Kumar, Spike Lee, Andrew Dominique, Fatih Akin and Adil El Arbi and Bilal Farah. El Arbi and Fallah with their featured Rebel is in town, but will they make headlines when mentioning their infamous scrapping Batwoman ? Worth checking out.
Opportunities to explore emerging Saudi cinema
The inaugural Red Sea Film Festival is scheduled for March 2022 and will open with a local feature *) Faris and Suhaib Godus Brothers Sun Book of . Sadly, the COVID pandemic had other plans and the inaugural event ended up being moved to December 2020 (by which time Book of the Sun has become a local box office hit and tops Netflix at the top of the list). This year’s opener may not be Saudi (it’s What’s Love Got To Do With It? ), but the lineup still has an impressive array of Local movies, especially for a country where movies were banned less than five years ago.
Among the Saudi films to have world premieres is Raven Song from Mohamed Al Salman, about A man is forced to make quick decisions when he’s diagnosed with a brain tumor, and Moe Alatawi’s Within Sand, follows a young man across the Desert (with the help of wolves, no less) goes to meet his pregnant wife. The festival also concludes with Khaled Fahd’s
Valley Road, focusing on a young boy who is considered disabled and located in the mountain village of Alwadi. All three are debut features. Hinting at what’s to come, the festival also has a huge selection of Saudi short films.
Talks and Panel Discussions at the Souks
Like most film festivals, it’s not just about the films. In the so-called Red Sea Souks, the industry-focused part of the festival, as well as pitching and networking sessions and market screenings, there were a number of talks held jointly with Winston Baker, many of which were very focused on the local sector. Topics included regional The sales and distribution landscape, opportunities currently available to filmmakers in the Arab world, navigating international co-productions and various financing avenues, while Netflix participates in workshops on writing budgets and post-production case studies.
Chance to watch big names (and Oscar contenders) from other festivals you may have missed
In addition to the wide variety of Middle Eastern products in the lineup, Rea Sea Programmers also pre-ordered a large number of major works from A-list festivals, several of which may be part of the upcoming awards conversation. Among these international films is Martin McDonagh’s acclaimed Banshees of Inisherin (Colin · Farrell is expected to be nominated for an Oscar for Best Actor), and Luca Guadagnino’s Bones and All, Both bowed in Venice, with Ruben Ostlund’s Palme d’Or winner Triangle of Sorrows and other Cannes competition winners The decision to leave comes from Park Chan-wook (highly recommended Oscar for Best International Film race) and Hirokazu Kore-eda’s manager . Elsewhere, there’s Sam Mendes’ ode to film Empire of Light , and Hunt , Squid Game Lee Jung Jae’s directorial debut.
Explore Jeddah itself
No Necessary to fly all the way to some place dating back to the 7th century and spend the whole time in the dark Screening room and auditorium. Saudi Arabia’s second-largest city (population around 4.7 million) and its commercial and tourist capital offer plenty of options for those with the time, including the bustling Corniche, the historic Al-Balad neighborhood (which houses many of the city’s oldest buildings) and the most beautiful wooden and coral stone buildings) and the famous Floating Mosque (also known as the Al-Rahman Mosque), jutting out into the water. Meanwhile, its coastal location puts fresh seafood high on the list of local delicacies (though nearly everything else).