RedSeaIFF and Vanity Fair honor Arab filmmakers in Venice


They honored Haifaa al-Mansour, Ahd Kamel, Sumaya Rida, Kaouther Ben Hania, Hend Sabry and Dorra Zarrouk, who are paving the way for the film industry.

The Red Sea International Film Festival (RSIFF) and Vanity Fair have honored six remarkable women working at the heart of the Arab film industry.

At a gala held alongside the 79th Venice International Film Festival at Palazzo Rocca Contarini Corfù, RSIFF and Vanity Fair celebrated the visionary female talent both in front of and behind the camera who are shaping the film industry and creating extraordinary stories that resonate with audiences around the world. world.

The gala event shone the spotlight on a trio of pioneering talents from Saudi Arabia, including acclaimed filmmaker Haifaa al-Mansour (Wadjda, perfect candidate, Mary Shelley), award-winning actress and filmmaker Ahd Kamel (Collateral, Honor, Wadjda) and Sumaya Rida (Rupture, Eruption). They were joined by Oscar nominee Kaouther Ben Hania (The man who sold his skin, Beauty and the dogs), the famous actress Hend Sabry (Looking for Ola, Noura’s Dream, Asmaa) and Dorra Zarrouk (Walls, Zombie becomes zombie) all from Tunisia.

Speaking of the recognition, Haifaa al-Mansour said, “I am incredibly honored to return to the Venice Film Festival for the Women in Cinema gala. I am so grateful to Vanity Fair for including me in this incredible event with all of these amazing women. Venice has been my “home” festival since the launch of my first film Wajda here ten years ago. I was delighted to return to Venice for my next Saudi film, The perfect candidateand I hope to come back very soon with another Saudi film!

Shivani Pandya Malthora, Managing Director of RedSeaIFF, Mohammed Al Turki, CEO of the Red Sea International Film Festival and Simone Marchetti, European Editorial Director and Editor-in-Chief of Vanity Fair also welcomed to the event, Isabelle Huppert, Carla Bruni, Nadine Labaki , Sabrina Carpenter, Philippine Leroy, Brina Knauss, Rocio Muñoz Morales, Sarah Tiba, Sarah Gadon, Beatrice Venezi, Maria Pedraza, Nicole Rossi and Claudio Santamaria.

Shivani Pandya Malhotra added, “The Red Sea International Film Festival has an important role to play in ensuring that women’s stories are brought to as many people as possible and providing a platform to ensure their voices are heard. We strive to establish ways for women to succeed as storytellers as they continue to shape our cultural landscape. With Vanity Fair, we celebrate the women who are leading the way and inspiring a new generation of creatives. »

Mohammed Al Turki said: “I am thrilled to see the rise of female filmmakers mark the world of cinema and together with our friends at Vanity Fair, we pay tribute to these brilliant women as they continue to take the cinema by storm. industry, breaking stereotypes and bringing new narratives to the screen. We are grateful for their incredible contributions and can’t wait to see what they do next.

The second edition of the Red Sea International Film Festival will take place in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia from December 1 to 10, 2022.


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