The Red Sea International Film Festival highlights the unifying experience and richness of Saudi Arabia’s filmmaking talent. The event occurs in Jeddah’s historic old town, with various Arab and international stars attending. This year, the Red Sea International Film Festival released an early ticket bundle, giving enthusiastic movie fans a chance to choose the films they would like to watch. Here is a list of some of the hottest tickets at the long-awaited film festival:
1. Huda’s Salon
Hany Abu- Assad is the director and writer of the Huda’s Salon film. He is one of the popular Palestinian filmmakers who has received numerous Oscar nominations for his movies. With ‘’ Huda’s Salon”, Hany Abu takes viewers to Palestine, focusing on the challenges of Palestinian women.
The film is about a young mother, married to a jealous man, visiting Huda’s salon in Bethlehem. The ordinary visit turns sour after the owner blackmails the mother to work for the secret service of the occupying force.
2. Casablanca Beats
Nabil Ayouch is the writer and director of the film ‘’Casablanca Beats”. It was selected as Morocco’s best international feature film at the 2022 Academy Awards. It’s about a former rapper, Anas, who starts working at a cultural center in Casablanca. Anas uses non-traditional teaching techniques, encouraging his students to express and free themselves from the societal realities and traditions via hip-hop culture. This film shows the pains and challenges of societal traditions that can get in the way of a dream.
‘’Feathers” is an Egyptian Cinema written and directed by Omar El Zohairy. It has triggered a debate on poverty in one of Arab’s most popular countries, Egypt, and received an award at the Cannes Film Festival. Though it has not received an Oscar nomination, it’s still one of the hottest films to watch at the Red sea festival. It’s about a woman who’s forced into a period of self-discovery as she struggles to support her family. This is after her husband gets turned into a chicken by a powerful witch. This film highlights the real challenges and sufferings that rural Egyptian women go through.
Becoming is a film that brings to light how the Saudi filmmaking industry has evolved to support female filmmakers. It joins stories from five Saudi women directors to highlight the different sides of an evolving kingdom. Some of the examples in the film include the story of a bride who disappears on her wedding night. Another example is a story of an 11-year-old girl who visits her aunt’s place one day before the Friday prayers and realizes that she can freely talk and express all the things that she couldn’t tell her conservative parents. The stories are uncompromising and bold, featuring women who can change the future of the Saudi film industry.
5. The Lost Daughter
The Lost Daughter is a psychological drama film directed and written by Maggie Gyllenhaal. It is based on Elena Ferrante’s novel, also known as ‘’The Lost Daughter”. It’s about a woman obsessed with another woman and her daughter while on her summer holiday. It unravels her past as it prompts memories of her motherhood.
There are many other hot tickets at the Red Sea International Film Festival, including Ennio and The Gravedigger’s Wife. Viewers can book these tickets to enjoy the artistic work put in by Saudi Arabia’s Film industry.