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”.


Post Malone to headline Abu Dhabi Grand Prix concert

Award winner, Post Malone is set to perform in the UAE. (AFP)
Updated 26 September 2018
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Post Malone to headline Abu Dhabi Grand Prix concert

  • Post Malone has been confirmed as a performer for the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix
  • He is set to perform on Thursday Nov.22

DUBAI: US rapper and singer Post Malone has been confirmed as one of the headlining acts at this year’s Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

He is set to perform on Thursday Nov. 22 and will kick off the four nights of live acts to celebrate 10 years of the Formula One in Abu Dhabi. The other three nights will include performances by The Weeknd, Sam Smith and legendary rockers, Guns N’ Roses.

Post Malone is an American singer, rapper, songwriter and record producer who started off his career in 2010. He rose to fame with his debut song “White Iverson,” which made it to the Billboard Hot 100. From then, he collaborated with various artists and created smash hits that have topped the charts.

Just this year, he released his second album, which features hit song “Rockstar.”