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The Ideal Candidate: First Saudi Film To Compete at Venice International Film Festival

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For the very first time in the history of the Saudi cinema, a Saudi film will compete among international films in the Venice Film Festival.

It was announced on Thursday that the Saudi film “The Ideal Candidate” directed by Haifa Al-Mansour has been selected to take part of the official competition for the next edition of the Venice Film Festival, which will be held next August on the 28th till September 7th.

The film will compete among other 14 international films for the Golden Lion award, which is seen as one of the world’s most prestigious film awards.

Other directors who are entering the selection are Canadian Atom Egoyan, Swedish Roy Anderson and Japanese Hirokazu Korda, all of which director Haifa Al Mansour will compete against.

The film, The Ideal Candidate, that stars Mila Zahrani, Nora Al Awad and is co-written by Brad Neiman with Haifa Al Mansour, tells the story of a Saudi woman who decided to run for municipal elections for her own reasons.

The Ministry of Culture has already shown tremendous support to the movie, and has been screened entirely within the Kingdom.

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Nadine Labaki to Strike Again With the New Film ‘1982’

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After the movie Capernaum broke a number of records and made it to the Academy Awards, Nadine Labaki will soon bless our screens with her latest participation in the movie 1982 and we can’t wait!

The debut feature, that is directed by Oualid Mouaness, will take us back to the eighties during the Siege of Beirut and will feature Labaki in the role of a school teacher named Yasmeen.

The movie tells the story of Wissam, an 11-year-old who is trying to gather up his courage and confess his love to Joanaa, his classmate but just when he is about to do so, an air strike hits Beirut and with it begins the war…

1982, is currently in post-production and it has just been announced that it will be among the other Arab films being shown at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF).

 

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A Guide on How to Spend Your Eid Differently this Year

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We’re finally in the last weekend the separates us from Eid Al-Adha and we better make the best out of this somewhat long vacation and enjoy it while it while it lasts!

The following our own suggestions on how to spend your Eid differently this year and make the most of it.

1- Enjoy a movie outside!

 

This is a reminder that Taif Season is having the first outdoor cinema in a garden with some of the latest hits, including Alaadin, Toy Story 4 and more! The movies that are certainly suitable for a nice family day out.

2- Color Marathon

 

From the 15th till 17th of August, you can enjoy a colorful run similar to the color marathon that was held earlier this year. Besides it being a fun way to spend the day with friends, there are also valuable prizes for winners.

3- Swim with the Dolphins

Yes, you read that right! Swimming with dolphins is one of the many fun and refreshing activities that you can enjoy at Fakeih Aquarium in Jeddah, afterwards you can enjoy a fine dining experience at their Blue Ocean restaurant.

4- Discover Countries at Souk Okaz

 

Souk Okaz gives you the chance of discovering different cities all in one place, from Kuwait, Egypt, Lebanon to Oman and more, indulge on the culture of several cities without having to travel far.

The event is available this entire month for you to enjoy!

5- Enjoy Eid Fireworks

 

Ward Village will have an amazing fireworks show on the first and second day of Eid, and then on every weekend afterwards. Don’t miss on the festivities and Eid vibes during Taif Season!

6- Go hiking

 

If you truly are looking for a unique way to spend you Eid then hiking is your way to doing this! It is the perfect way to bond with your family or friends away from the city noise and technology.

Excited? Then click here for more details on hiking activities.

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Formula One and Saudi Arabia Discusses F1 Race Possibility

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Saudi Arabia and Formula1 are having discussion over the possibility of holding a race in the Kingdom and opinions were taken from several team bosses, sources revealed on Tuesday.

The Times newspaper reported that Formula1 along with its 10 teams are to be reassured on issues regarding gender equality, human rights and media freedom before any race takes place.

However, Formula1 is still discussing with many possible hosts from across the world but still hasn’t reached a decision yet.

Times newspaper also added that a Saudi race can actually become a reality by 2021, with the schedule already expected to stretch to a record 22 races in 2020.

Formula One and the teams are discussing major rule changes in some sporting and technicalities starting from 2021 and Ferrari boss Mattia Binotto said in Hungary at the weekend that could see an expansion to 24 races.

Saudi Arabia already hosted its first race last year on a street circuit at Ad Diriyah, near Riyadh.

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