The Six: Films you didn’t know were shot in Morocco

Some scenes of 'Lawrence of Arabia’ were shot in the country. (Photo courtesy: Columbia Pictures)
Updated 28 October 2018
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The Six: Films you didn’t know were shot in Morocco

DUBAI: The narrow alleyways and vast deserts of Morocco have long played host to Hollywood film crews, but did you know that these blockbusters were shot in the country?
‘John Wick 3: Parabellum’
The film, to be released in 2019, follows hit man John Wick as he fights off other assassins. Halle Berry stars in the upcoming film and has been treating fans to behind-the-scenes clips from Morocco on social media.

‘Othello’
The 1951 film adaptation of William Shakespeare’s play opens with a scene shot in Essaouira, a port city protected by 18th century seafront ramparts.
‘Lawrence of Arabia’
Some scenes of the grand classic based on the life of T. E. Lawrence, released in 1962, were shot in the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Ait Benhaddou.
‘The Mummy’
Actors Brendan Fraser and Rachel Weisz escape the wrath of malevolent ancient Egyptian beings in the 1999 re-make of this film, shot near the town of Erfoud.
‘Inception’
Christopher Nolan’s 2010 blockbuster was partly filmed in Tangier and starred Leonardo DiCaprio and Marion Cotillard among other famous faces.
‘Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation’
The 2015 film starring action aficionado Tom Cruise was shot in various locations across Morocco, including Rabat and Casablanca.

 


Lights, camera, action for Saudi festival of film

Updated 16 January 2019
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Lights, camera, action for Saudi festival of film

  • The six-day event, organized in association with the King Abdul Aziz Center for World Culture (Ithra), is part of an initiative to recognize and nurture talented filmmakers in the country
  • SASCA chairman and general supervisor of the festival, Omar bin Abdulaziz Al-Saif, said this year’s gathering would include a number of unique programs to support creative young talent

JEDDAH: Up-and-coming filmmakers are being urged to book their places for a popular festival celebrating Saudi’s silver screen.
The Saudi Arabian Society for Culture and Arts (SASCA) in the city of Dammam, has announced the opening of online registration for the fifth Saudi Film Festival to be held in March.
The six-day event, organized in association with the King Abdul Aziz Center for World Culture (Ithra), is part of an initiative to recognize and nurture talented filmmakers in the country.
SASCA chairman and general supervisor of the festival, Omar bin Abdulaziz Al-Saif, said this year’s gathering would include a number of unique programs to support creative young talent while also promoting and developing the Kingdom’s film industry.
Al-Saif told Arab News that one of the main aims of the SASCA was to preserve Saudi culture, and he hoped the event would encourage the exchange of forward-thinking ideas among young movie enthusiasts.
The festival is part of a year-round drive to give filmmakers the opportunity to learn directly from experienced local and international industry experts, while providing them with a stage to showcase their work.
Ithra Director Ali Al-Mutairi said that the festival had a key role to play in developing the Saudi film industry.
Producers and actors will among the delegates at the festival, which will include 10 training workshops and 10 seminars. Omani, Emirati, Kuwaiti and Bahraini movies will be screened during the event and prizes awarded for best narrative, best documentary, best scriptwriting and best student film.