Oscar nominee Al-Mansour returns with The Wedding Singer’s Daughter

Saudi Arabian director Haifaa Al-Mansour says the storyline was a deliberate choice as ‘weddings are the actual mirror of society in Saudi Arabia.’ (AFP)
Updated 03 September 2018
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Oscar nominee Al-Mansour returns with The Wedding Singer’s Daughter

  • Her film is the latest installment from Miu Miu’s ‘Women’s Tales’ series
  • It will premiere at the Venice Film Festival which ends on September 8

DUBAI: Oscar-nominated Saudi Arabian director Haifaa Al-Mansour is back with “The Wedding Singer’s Daughter” — a short film which will premiere at the ongoing Venice Film Festival ending on September 8.
Set in 1980s Riyadh, the film narrates the story of a singer and her daughter at a wedding party. Al-Mansour says the storyline was a deliberate choice as “weddings are the actual mirror of society in Saudi Arabia”, Vogue Arabia reported.
Saudi singer Rotana Tarabzouni has directed the film’s music and also stars in the film — the latest installment in Italian fashion house Miu Miu’s “Women’s Tales”.
The initiative, launched by the label in 2011, is a platform for women directors to showcase their work.
Al-Mansour, talking from Los Angeles where she is currently based, said that the Miu project is significant for her as a filmmaker as “it’s very important for women to tell their stories”.
‘Wadjda’ — about a Saudi girl who dreams of owning a bicycle — propelled Al-Mansour to the international stage by being the first Oscar entry from Saudi Arabia, directed by its first woman filmmaker.
Next up on the Saudi director’s to-do list is “The Perfect Candidate”, a feature film where she will work with the new national Saudi Film Council. The film, which will be shot in Riyadh, explores the story of a young woman physician fighting to fulfill her political ambitions in a male-dominated society.
Optimistic about the growing support of cinema in her home country, Al-Mansour said that it’s “wonderful to be part of the revolution of film in the country”.


Google Doodle celebrates Syrian painter Louay Kayali

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Google Doodle celebrates Syrian painter Louay Kayali

DUBAI: Syria has given the world many a creative talent and these artists are just a few of those who deserve attention.
Louay Kayali
The Syrian painter was celebrated with a Google Doodle on Sunday — on what would have been his 85th birthday. Aleppo-born Kayali, who died in 1978, was famous for his depiction of daily struggles.

A painting by Louay Kayali. (Photo courtesy: Barjeel Art Foundation)


Fateh Moudarres
One of the leaders of the modern art movement in Syria, Moudarres studied at the Accademia di Belle Arti in Rome and was influenced by surrealism. He died in 1999.

(Photo courtesy: Christie's)


Sara Naim
This Syrian visual artist grew up between Dubai and London and works in Paris. She is known for her photography of micro-formations and her use of a Scanning Electron Microscope.

(Photo courtesy: The Third Line) 


Mahmoud Salameh
The Palestinian-Syrian refugee spent 17 months in an Australian detention center before settling in Sydney, where he works as a cartoonist, animator and graphic artist.
Diala Brisly
Brisly left Syria in 2013, but continues to produce her distinct, children-inspired artwork that is characterized by storybook-like sketch work.
Ammar Abd Rabbo
Born in Damascus in 1966, Rabbo is regarded as one of the Arab world’s prominent photojournalists. His work has been seen in renowned publications, from Time magazine to Paris Match.

(Photo courtesy: Ammar Abd Rabbo/ Ayyam Gallery)