Jordanian films to be premiered at Red Sea International Film Festival inaugural edition

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A still from the movie Farha. (Photo: Red Sea Film Festival)
AMMAN — Four Jordanian films will be screened as part of the official program and lineup of movies at the inaugural edition of the Red Sea International Film Festival, to be held in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia from December 6 to 15.اضافة اعلان

The film chosen for the opening is Cyrano directed by award-winning British director Joe Wright and written by Erica Schmidt, starring Peter Dinklage, Hayley Bennett, Kelvin Harrison Jr. and Ben Mendelsohn. 

While the last film screened at the closing will be the world premiere of the Egyptian movie “Bara El Manhag”, directed by Amr Salama, and starring Maged El-Kidwani, Omar Chareef, Rubi and Deena Maher.

The festival will see the screening of 138 feature films and shorts from 67 countries in 34 languages, as well as 25 world premieres, 48 Arab premieres, and 17 GCC premieres. 

The festival program incudes the Red Sea Competition, Red Carpet Galas and Special Presentations, in addition to a host of cinematic works in the following sections: Festival Favorites, New Saudi/New Cinema, Red Sea Treasures, Red Sea Arab and International Spectacular, Red Sea Next Generation, Red Sea Immersive, and Red Sea Episodic.

Three Jordanian full length feature films

For 10-days, the festival will host a celebration of global cinema, that include three Jordanian feature films which include: 

A still from the movie Daughters of Abdul-Rahman. (Photo: Red Sea Film Festival) 

1 “Daughters of Abdul-Rahman”, a long feature film directed by Zaid Abu Hamdan, staring Saba Mubarak, Farah Bsaiso, Hanan Al Hilo, Mariam Al Basha, and Mohammed Bakri.

In the movie, Abdul Rahman’s daughters tell the story of four different sisters who are forced by circumstances to return to the family home after years of being separated from one another to solve the mystery of their father’s sudden disappearance. But their secret search for answers raises more questions. 

Poster of Farha film (Photo: Handout from Director Darin J. Sallam)

2 “Farha”, a long feature film, directed by Darin J. Sallam, staring Karam Taher, Ashraf Barhom, Ali Suliman, Tala Gammoh, Sameera Asir, Majd Eid, and Firas Taybeh.
The film is about 12-year-old Farha who had a quiet childhood until her life was turned upside down after the Nakba in 1948, when she was stripped of all her rights as a child, forced as where others of her generation to taste the bitterness of life, live in constant fear, denied the right to education, but yet held out hope that she would overcome these tragedies, insisting she complete her education against societal constraints. 

A still from the movie The Alley’s. (Photo: Red Sea Film Festival) 

3 “The Alley’s”, a long feature film directed by Bassel Ghandour, staring Emad Azmi, Munther Rayahneh, Maisa Abd Elhadi, Baraka Rahmani, Nadira Omran, and Nadim Rimawi.

The film is set in an East Amman neighborhood full of gossip and violence. A young hustler will stop at nothing to be with his secret lover, but her mother will not have it. An extortionist’s camera captures them on video in an intimate situation, the mother turns to a gangster to put a stop to it all… things do not go well.  

Also due for screening at the festival is a short feature film dubbed “Tala’vision”, directed by Murad Abu Eisheh, which won the gold medal at the 48th Annual Student Academy Awards in the Best Foreign Narrative Film section. The film is the first Arab nomination in this category. Tala’vision stars Ziad Bakri , Khalid Al Tarifi, and Aesha Balasem. 

The film tells the story of an eight-year-old girl named Tala who is not allowed out of the house by the war raging around her. Her only contact with the outside world is her little TV, but her father gets rid of it, in compliance with a television ban. 
Celebrating outstanding female figures

To celebrate the role of women in the film industry, two talents that have made a mark in the cinema world will be honored at the festival. The first is director and producer Haifa Al-Mansour, the first Saudi director to break all barriers and promote women’s role in the Saudi cinema industry. Mansour directed “Wajda” (2012), the first long film to be shot in Saudi Arabia, which won many global awards, including a nomination for the BAFTA’s for Best Foreign Film. Mansour has completed many international film and television works and established her status as one her country’s and the World’s most important talents.

The Egyptian actress Laila Eloui will also be honored at the festival, she has has played the starring role in more than 70 films, and continues to give her best in roles that have captivated audiences and inspired other actors in the industry.

Egyptian actress and movie icon Yousra will give a masterclass at the festival. She has appeared in over 80 films and has garnered more than 50 awards from Egyptian, Arab and international film festivals and forums. She is one of the most popular film stars in the Arab world. French actress Catherine Deneuve will also attend the festival.

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