Hit series ‘Vikings’ returns for fifth season in MENA

Saudis comprise the highest viewers of ‘Vikings’ past seasons. (Photo/Supplied)
Updated 28 November 2018
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Hit series ‘Vikings’ returns for fifth season in MENA

JEDDAH: The wait is finally over. Hit TV series “Vikings” returns to Starz Play, a major regional on-demand service, this week.

The show’s latest season will be available to view on Starz Play across the Middle East and North Africa as the episodes air in the US. 

The latest season offers fans a chance to catch up on the trials and tribulations of the family of Ragnar Lothbrok, the show’s protagonist until his death during the fourth season. 

“For years, ‘Vikings’ has been a cornerstone of Starz Play’s roster of award-winning TV shows and movies, which has enabled us to consistently lead in the regional, video-on-demand streaming industry,” said Maaz Sheikh, Starz Play CEO and co-founder.

“’Vikings’ has always garnered huge viewership numbers on Starz Play, making it one of the most watched series on our platform,” Sheikh added. 

“Our exclusive agreement with ‘Vikings’ means our subscribers can watch all the action before anyone else in the world.”

Picking up from the mid-season finale cliffhanger in which Lothbrok’s widow Lagertha was captured by his son, dubbed “Ivar the Boneless,” the soon-to-air episode will kick off with a scene in which the late Lothbrok’s brother returns after Ivar is crowned the new king.

All seasons and episodes of the hit show are available on Starz Play. The show has been renewed for a sixth season, with filming already underway in Ireland.


‘Joy’ snags top prize at Marrakesh Film Festival

Sudabeh Mortezai (center) poses with her trophy. (AFP)
Updated 09 December 2018
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‘Joy’ snags top prize at Marrakesh Film Festival

  • Marrakesh’s 17th annual festival was attended by top cinema stars like US director Martin Scorsese and actor Robert de Niro

MARRAKESH: Austrian filmmaker Sudabeh Mortezai’s “Joy,” an unflinching look at migrant sex workers in Europe, won the top prize Saturday at the Marrakesh Film Festival in Morocco.

Italian actress Monica Bellucci presented the trophy for the film, which tells the story of a young Nigerian forced into prostitution in Vienna.

Marrakesh’s 17th annual festival was attended by top cinema stars like US director Martin Scorsese and actor Robert de Niro.

Tunisian Nidhal Saadi won Best Actor for his role in the film “Regarde moi” (Look at me), directed by Nejib Belkhadi.

And German Aenne Schwarz won Best Actress for her role in “Alles is gut” (All is good), directed by Eva Trobish. Tribute evenings honored the careers of visionary French filmmaker Agnes Varda and her co-director, French street artist JR, who teamed up to produce the road documentary “Faces Places.”

The festival also hailed the career of Moroccan filmmaker Jilali Ferhati, whose films were shown in a new “panorama of Moroccan cinema” sidebar.