The exhibition will run for three months in Rome, which is the exhibition’s 17th station.
The Cannes Film Festival returned yesterday with a number of anticipated premieres; bringing the best of Hollywood and European film industry to the red carpet
The prestigious festival kicked off in the South of France, the eleven-day event shows appreciation for the global cinema, and we have a lot to look forward, because a number of Arab film are to featured during the exceptional film festival.
Among the biggest draws at this year’s festival is Quentin Tarantino’s latest film, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, starring Brad Pitt, Leonardo DiCaprio and Margot Robbie in a Charles Manson-era comedy drama. Dexter Fletcher’s Elton John biopic Rocketman is also creating a buzz, as Bong Joon-ho’s return with Parasite. Ken Loach is also making a welcome comeback at the festival with his latest film, Sorry We Missed You.
Now back to the Arab Films that are giving us utter pride, here are the ones to keep an eye out for!
1-It Must Be Heaven
The only Arab film in the main Competition at @Festival_Cannes: IT MUST BE HEAVEN by Palestinian director Elia Suleiman. Suleiman won the Jury Prize at Cannes 2002 for DIVINE INTERVENTION, and the hype for his latest is off the charts. Stay tuned! #ITMUSTBEHEAVEN @SuleimanElia pic.twitter.com/grsn3cMs9V
— Arab Film and Media Institute (@arabfilmmedia) May 5, 2019
The drama film tells the story of a young student with a passion for fashion, while Algeria faces the hardship of Civil War-era. Nedjma the university student, decides to stage a fashion show, amidst these hardships to uplift the spirit of her fellow students.
Algerian filmmaker Mounia Meddour has directed five documentaries in the past, and her 2011 debut short film Edwige was selected for the Dubai International Film Festival, the Gulf Film Festival and Cannes Film Festival. Papicha is her first full-length feature film.
ADAM, the latest film by #Moroccan director Maryam Touzani will screen in the "Un Certain Regard" Competition at #Cannes2019. Stay tuned for more, but for now, read the synopsis here: https://t.co/r6vfSk1lWP #SupportArabCinema #Cannes #Cannes72 #arab pic.twitter.com/LgmnA50IJr
— Arab Film and Media Institute (@arabfilmmedia) May 10, 2019
4- The Unknown Saint
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FEATURE FILM IN COMPETITION THE UNKNOWN SAINT by Alaa Eddine Aljem “With a light, witty touch, we can tackle any topic, regardless of how sensitive or taboo it may be, and not be provocative.” – Alaa Eddine Aljem __ LONG MÉTRAGE EN COMPÉTITION THE UNKNOWN SAINT (Le Miracle du Saint Inconnu) de Alaa Eddine Aljem « Avec une touche d'humour, on peut aborder tous les sujets, même les plus sensibles et tabous, sans être dans la provocation. » – Alaa Eddine Aljem #SDLC2019 I @condordistribution , @thematchfactory #cannes2019 #competition #featurefilm #alaaeddinealjem
Moroccan director Alaa Eddine Aljem’s comedy follows a young thief, who buries his stolen money, while escaping the police. After a decade, when the thief is released from prison, he goes back to look for his money but what he finds next was something he didn’t expect. A construction has taken place atop where he buried his money.
5- Tu Mérites un Amour
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FEATURE FILM SPECIAL SCREENING YOU DESERVE A LOVER (TU MÉRITES UN AMOUR) by Hafsia Herzi “From the first minutes of the shoot, I knew this film had its lucky star, I had no doubt.” – Hafsia Herzi __ SÉANCE SPÉCIALE LONG MÉTRAGE TU MÉRITES UN AMOUR de Hafsia Herzi « Dès les premières minutes du tournage, je savais que ce film était né sous une bonne étoile, je n’avais plus de doutes. » – Hafsia Herzi #SDLC2019 I @rezo_films #hafsiaherzi #featurefilm #specialscreening #cannes2019
Tunisian–Algerian actress Hafsia Herzi makes her first foray into directing with Tu Mérites un Amour. The film follows the break-up of a young couple, Lila and Remi. Exploring the effects that the breakup left on both of them, when they parted ways.
Best of luck to them all!
Saudi Exhibition in Rome Gets Praised For Showcasing the Kingdom’s Heritage
The “Roads of Arabia: Masterpieces of Antiquities in Saudi Arabia Across the Ages” exhibition which is currently held in Rome and organized by the Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage, has witnessed great praise from visitors of the museum and the director of the National Roman Museum, Alessandra Capodiferro.
The director of the museum expressed pride in her museum hosting such an important international Saudi exhibition that offers an insight on the the civil heritage of the Kingdom and the Arabian Peninsula for more than five million visitors.
The exhibition was inaugurated last November on the 26th by Saudi Culture Minister Prince Badr bin Abdullah, and so far it has been hosted by several other prominent international museums.
Capodiferro also expressed pride in the international reputation achieved by the exhibition, which features several artifacts of great significance, including hunting gear, weapons, jewelry, utensils made from precious metals, glass, alabaster, ceramics, sculptures and wall paintings — all of which are an expression of local production, trade exchange and cultural contact.
The exhibition highlights the civilizations of the Arabian Peninsula in addition to giving examples of the cultural interaction between the Roman and Arab civilizations.
The Region’s Largest Music Festival MDL is Coming to Riyadh
Riyadh Season keeps on getting more lit and to make things even hotter, the MDL electronic music festival is coming to Riyadh for its first edition ever with a number of the world’s very best EDM superstars and DJs including David Guetta, Tiesto, Afrojack, Martin Garrix, Black Coffee, and Steve Aoki.
The region’s largest music cultural festival will take place on December 19th and until the 21st and it will witness 18 global superstar headliners, 28 international dance acts and 24 local and regional performers.
The stars include global EDM and DJ stars, David Guetta, Martin Garrix, Steve Aoki and R3hab, alongside the biggest homegrown Saudi artists, including the country’s first female EDM DJ, Cosmicat, and the Saudi DJ duo, Dish Dash.
Saudi DJ, Ahmad Alammary, member of the festival team, said, “MDL Beast is more than just a festival. Empowered by innovation and technology in live entertainment, MDL Beast is also a platform with multiple objectives including ongoing seasonal local and global events, online and radio channels, recording studios, and a non-profit foundation promoting music education and therapy. We’re confident MDL Beast will be like nothing seen before and we cannot wait to experience this transformative musical milestone.”
Riyadh’s Upcoming Concerts That You Can’t Afford to Miss
It doesn’t matter what type of music you listen to or which artist is your favorite because either way, this season of Riyadh will surely satisfy your taste by bringing your favorite artist.
The concert game is still going strong with more artists making their first debut appearance in the Kingdom, or others returning to perform once again on their favorite land as a host.
Now, here are some of the upcoming concerts you need to mark your calendars for!
El Hadaba Amr Diab
El Hadaba returns for another lit night on December 14th at Abu Bakur Salem Stage, tickets will be available starting tonight so make sure to be the first to reserve!
The Chainsmokers & Hamaki Night
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All international superstars will perform on December 15th, you can now book your ticket through this link.
Saad Lamjarred, Miryam Fares and Miami Band
Moroccan pop-star Saad Lamjarred finally returns to stage, joined by the Lebanese star Myriam fares and Miami Band, the concert will be held at Mohammed Abdu’s stage in Riyadh Boulevard, and it is set to take place on the 18th of December.
You can book your tickets through this link.
Assala Nasri, Majed El Mohandes and Waleed El Gilani
On Friday the 13th of December, you can get to enjoy an oriental night with these Arab superstars. Click on this link to purchase your ticket.
David Guetta, Tiesto and More stars!
MDL Beast is the region’s largest music and cultural festival happening in Riyadh, from December 19-21, and it has announced a great lineup of musicians with 18 global superstar headliners, 28 international dance acts and 24 local and regional performers, including global EDM and DJ stars, David Guetta, Martin Garrix, Steve Aoki and R3hab.
Check their Instagram page now for more information.