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Nadine Labaki’s film Capernaum makes it to the shortlist for the Oscars

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Just weeks from her nomination for a Golden Globe, Nadine Labaki’s film gets shortlisted for the Oscars! Which makes her the first Arab women to have her film shortlisted for such a prestigious award, and we couldn’t be any more impressed.

Her film Capernaum made it to the list for the Foreign Language film category, making it the second time for a Lebanese film to be nominated for the awards after as Ziad Doueiri’s The Insult was nominated in the same category last year.

The movie’s plot revolves around a 12-year-old boy who in order to survive, resorts to stealing and begging for money. Living such a shameful life, he decides to sue his parents for bringing him to such a world, a world where he has to beg for his living. Another thing worthy of highlighting is the fact that the cast is non-professional actors, some are actually street children; which makes the movie even more authentic.

Nadine Labaki thanked the academy over Instagram and posted the following: “After years of research, tears and sweat, long production hours and sleepless nights, our film has been recognized on this year’s Foreign Language #Oscar shortlist”

The competition was fierce this year with 87 countries submitting for this category and only nine films were shortlisted! The official nomination will be announced on January 22, and we all hope that the headline for our next news will include the word “nominated”.

 

 

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Messi Thanks Turki Al-Sheikh For His Wonderful Hospitality

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Turki Al-Sheikh, owner of Almeria invited Barcelona and Argentina star Lionel Messi over the weekend to watch Almeria’s game against Elche, in an attempt to strength his relationship with the star.

Messi released a video on his official Instagram page last Saturday, the video highlighted the moment of his entrance where he shook hands with Turki Al-Sheikh, chairman of Saudi Arabia’s General Authority of Entertainment, and owner of the Spanish club Almeria.

“I am happy to be back in Riyadh and I look forward to returning again. Thank you Turki Al-Sheikh and the Riyadh season for the great evening.” Messi wrote.

Messi also accepted Al-Sheikh invitation to watch the game at his house, along with international teammates Dybala, De Paul, Agüero and former Real Betis man Lo Celso. All of whom enjoyed Al-Sheikh’s hospitality as they watched the Spanish second division game, which ended 1-1.

On his behalf, Al Sheikh posted a video of the evening he had Messi over at his place, “First of all happy to see you here and to be in Saudi Arabia, and I hope to meet you next year in La Liga between Barcelona and Almeria.” Al-Sheikh said in the video.

Another video was posted of Al-Sheikh showing Messi around Riyadh.

 

 

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The Kingdom is Getting Its Very Own Version of Coachella!

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Leave everything that you’re doing because this is news you don’t want to skip! The Kingdom has announced that AlUla Desert will host its very own version of Coachella.

The Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival is an annual music and arts festival held in California’s Coachella Valley, and now this major event is coming your way to the Arabian desert, AlUla.

Desert X is collaborating with the Royal Commission for AlUla to present Desert X AlUla, which will take place in the historically significant place AlUla and with its stunning beauty and cultural heritage, the event will certainly captivate visitors.

“Desert X is expanding beyond the borders of the California desert and going international,” the organizers announced on Instagram. “Furthering our mission to connect desert communities and cultures around the world through contemporary art, Desert X is collaborating with the Royal Commission for AlUla (RCU) to present Desert X AlUla, which will take place in the desert of AlUla in northwest Saudi Arabia, a historically significant place of outstanding beauty and cultural heritage, and home to the country’s first UNESCO world heritage site, Hegra.”

The event is coming faster than you might think, as it scheduled for next year in January.

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International Celebrities Rock the Red Carpet During the Joy Forum19

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The Joy Forum19 is a major industry event organized by the General Entertainment Authority (GEA), the event plays a huge role in placing the Kingdom on the global entertainment map.

Yesterday, the event witnessed a number of mega stars and entertainment pioneers from across the world, such as Indian actor and film producer Shah Rukh Khan; Hong Kong martial artist, actor, film director Jackie Chan and Belgian actor and martial artist Jean-Claude Van Damme.

Hong Kong martial artist, actor, film director Jackie Chan

martial artist Jean-Claude Van Damme.

More celebrities from the across the world walked the red carpet, including American actor Jason Momoa, star of Aquaman; Amr Adeeb, Balqis Fathi, Yusra, Boosy Shalabi, Lojien, Aseel Omran, Mohammed Hamaki, Nawal AlZoghbi, Talal Salama, Ahlam Al-Shamsi, Hussain AlJismi, Suad Abdulla, Ibrahem Alharbi, Tariq Alali and Abdulnaser Darweesh.

Jason Momoa, star of Aquaman along Egyptian comedian Mohamed Henedy

During yesterday’s event, the GEA took the opportunity and signed a number of important agreements that included a financing guarantee program for small and medium-sized enterprises.

“Our message is for both, locally and internationally. Me and my generation suffered a lot, we had lots of time on our hands,” GEA chairman Turki Al-Sheikh stated at the event.

“Today you are witnessing things we have never had in Saudi Arabia. We have 300,000 visitors to our events, and our sales have hit 80 percent.” Al-Sheikh added.

During the event, co-founder and CEO of the Saudi Arabian Myrkott Animation Studio, Abdulaziz AlMuzaini expressed his gratitude to King Salman and the Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

“If it wasn’t for them, I wouldn’t have dreamed of this moment or this panel.” He said.

The private gala dinner hosted 500 guests while the red carpet elegantly showcased where Saudi Arabia is heading in terms of the entertainment industry.

 

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