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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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Saudi Film ‘The Perfect Candidate’ Is Now An Oscar Contender

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Saudi director Haifaa Al-Mansour just made history once again with her feature film ‘The Perfect Candidate‘ becoming the first ever Saudi Arabian Oscar contender.

The movie is produced by Los Angeles based Al-Mansour and Brad Niemann and for the first time, the Saudi Film Council showed tremendous support to the movie.

Now, the movie is competing for the award of Best International Feature Film at the 92nd Academy Awards. 

The film has also been screened in several prestigious international festivals including the Venice Film Festival and the Toronto International Film Festival and just recently, the movie has been chosen to be distributed in the UK by ‘Modern Films’.

The movie revolves around a young doctor called Maryam who decides to run for public office and in doing so, she starts to face obstacles along the way that are of course related to gender. The movie takes us on a journey of how the heroine, played by Mila Alzahrani, is trying to break stereotypes and gender inequality.

Saudi Arabia continues to diversify its economy and open to new cultural opportunities and that’s why having a Saudi film submitted by the Saudi Academy Awards Committee to the Oscars is considered a milestone.

 

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Surprises Coming Your Way During this Riyadh Season

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General Entertainment Authority Chairman, Turki Al-Sheikh provided earlier this week more details about the 12 festival zones that are taking part in the Riyadh Season, and also revealed some of the events to take place across the country in the upcoming two months.

For starters, the South Korean boy band BTS will perform at King Fahd International Stadium on October 11, marking their first ever performance in Saudi Arabia and hopefully won’t be the last.

On the 17th of October, the Kingdom will witness its largest parade ever in which 1,500 participants will march the parade in costumes.

Meanwhile on October 17th, an open-air cinema will be held at Riyadh Boulevard whereas the latest movies will be played, and several international restaurants will serve your favorite food.

Visitors will also get to enjoy the world’s most extravagant dancing fountains.

Next month, Argentina will be back for a revenge attempt against Brazil as Saudi Arabia hosts the Superclasico de las Americas once again.

Meanwhile, the Riyadh Front venue will feature the season’s largest exhibition area ever, as it will host to a wide range of events including Space Discovery, ComicCon, a Cirque du Soleil show, and a performance of Michael Jackson concert “Thriller Live.”

Stay tuned for more details, as this season is expected to be like no other!

 

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WWE Crown Jewel Returns to Saudi Arabia Next Month

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King Fahd International Stadium in Riyadh will host the WWE Crown Jewel on October 31st and you can book your tickets starting from Tuesday.

According to WWEArabic.com, the Saudi General Sports Authority will host the show from King Fahd International Stadium on Halloween, and tickets will go on sale this week at prices starting from only SR25 ($7).

The event will feature big names from WWE Superstars Seth Rollins, Kofi Kingston, Roman Reigns, Brock Lesnar, “The Fiend” Bray Wyatt, Braun Strowman, The New Day, Randy Orton, AJ Styles, and Rey Mysterio along with special appearances by WWE Hall of Fame Hulk Hogan and Ric Flair.

Crown Jewel will also include the homecoming of Mansoor Al-Shehail, WWE’s first Saudi Arabian Superstar who just recently won the largest Battle Royal Match in WWE history at Super ShowDown in Jeddah last June.

Tickets will be available through this link.

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