The Six: Films at Sundance Film Festival

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Updated 08 January 2019
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The Six: Films at Sundance Film Festival

DUBAI: The Sundance Film Festival will run from Jan. 24-Feb. 3 in the US. Here are six films from the Middle East and Asian Subcontinent that will be screened at the prestigious event.

‘Gaza’
This 2018 film in the World Documentary category tells the story of 17-year-old Karma Khaial in an elegantly shot and masterfully crafted portrait of Palestine.

‘Advocate’
This film examines Israeli human-rights lawyer Lea Tsemel, who has defended Palestinians against a host of criminal charges in Israeli courts for nearly five decades.

‘Photograph’
This 2018 film is set to have its premiere at the festival and follows Mumbai-based street photographer Rafi. When his ailing grandmother — who hopes that Rafi will start a family — comes to visit, he scrambles to appease her.

‘Aziza’
This 2018 mini film will be screened in the shorts category and is a dynamic take on the life of Syrian refugees told through black comedy.

‘Brotherhood’
When a hardened Tunisian shepherd’s son returns home after a long journey with a new wife, tension rises between father and son in this short film by Meryam Joobeur.

‘Delhi Crime Story’
When the bloodied but breathing bodies of a young woman and man are found naked in a ditch, an investigation begins its race against the clock in this 2019 movie.

 


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.