The Six: What to watch at the Carthage Film Festival

The entrance to the Carthage Film Festival 2018. (AFP)
Updated 05 November 2018
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The Six: What to watch at the Carthage Film Festival

DUBAI: The 29th edition of the Carthage Film Festival kicked off in Tunis over the weekend and there is a fascinating lineup of films on show.
‘Fatwa’
Directed by Mahmoud Ben Mahmoud, the film tells the story of a father who returns to Tunisia to bury his son who supposedly committed suicide.

‘Like Salt’
Lebanon’s Darine Hotait directed this story of a female Arab-American boxer in New York who lives life in an aggressive America along with an African-American jazz musician.

‘Regarde-Moi’
Lotfi is forced back to Tunisia when his ex-wife is hospitalized and now must look after his autistic son in this drama directed by Nejib Belkadhi.

‘Yomeddine’
A Coptic leper and an orphaned boy leave their colony for the first time to embark on a journey across Egypt in search of their family roots.

‘Yara’
Yara lives with her grandmother in an isolated village, but her life is interrupted when she meets a young stranger in this film by Iraq’s Abbas Fahdel.

‘Weldi’
Mohamed Ben Attia directed this film in which a Tunisian couple, whose lives revolve around their only son, is left distraught after he leaves home to join Daesh.

 


Chinese pianist Lang Lang set to regale music lovers at Tantora

Updated 18 January 2019
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Chinese pianist Lang Lang set to regale music lovers at Tantora

  • Lang will perform alongside the Guangzhou Symphony Orchestra at the Al-Ula-based festival
  • The Winter at Tantora festival has proven wildly successful with audiences so far

RIYADH: Award-winning Chinese pianist Lang Lang delighted fans on Wednesday with a short video teaser to promote his upcoming performance at the Winter at Tantora festival. 

The musician posted the video online, in which he was seen opening a book to reveal the words “stay tuned.” 

Winter at Tantora’s Twitter account added to the hype, tweeting to their followers that the concert would “refresh their senses.”

Lang will perform alongside the Guangzhou Symphony Orchestra at the Al-Ula-based festival.

He is famous for his compelling style and talent, as well as his range as a pianist. Claimed that music is his “first language,” he believes that through it he is able to communicate with audiences all over the globe, despite language barriers. 

Throughout his career, he has performed classical pieces, including Chopin and Liszt, but also more contemporary work, including songs from The Little Mermaid.

The sold-out concert, called Monumental, is scheduled for Friday Jan. 18, and will be Lang’s and the Guangzhou Orchestra’s first performances in Saudi Arabia.

Fans took to Twitter to express their excitement. “I can’t wait to see you!” Tweeted one. “It’s a pleasure and an honor to have you in Saudi Arabia!”

The Winter at Tantora festival has proven wildly successful with audiences so far, with names such as Mohammed Abdo, Majida Al-Roumi, and a holographic depiction of legendary songstress Umm Kulthoum all appearing to positive acclaim.

The limited seating per concert, capped at 500 apiece, has been popular, with most concerts selling out in record-breaking time. With different packages available to purchase for the festival, ranging from affordable seats to high-end luxury experiences, the chance to spend a weekend in Al-Ula has also been made available to a wide pool of people, despite the small numbers on offer.