Two Saudi films to feature in DIFF’s Muhr Gulf Short

Two Saudi films to feature in DIFF’s Muhr Gulf Short
A scene from 'The Bliss of Being No One'.
Updated 28 October 2016

Two Saudi films to feature in DIFF’s Muhr Gulf Short

Two Saudi films to feature in DIFF’s Muhr Gulf Short

DUBAI: Two Saudi filmmakers will be among others from the region to share personal stories about their life at the Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF).
The DIFF announced the second slate of impressive titles to feature in the renowned Muhr Gulf Short category. The program is primed to foster the growth of regional talent and place Arab cinema in the international spotlight. Boasting a compelling range of films, all reflective of life in the Gulf today, the filmmakers creatively express their culture, and communicate intimate perspectives through the powerful medium of film.
The first is from Saudi filmmaker Bader Alhomoud who holds many international film awards and is famed for creating cinema that sparks social impact, bringing the world premiere of ‘The Bliss of Being No One’ to the screens of DIFF. Starring Meshal Almutairi and Ibrahim Alhasawi, the captivating story follows a young, lonely man who, after the tragic loss of his family, unexpectedly encounters an elderly man.
Joining Alhomoud with another world premiere from Saudi Arabia to showcase at DIFF, Mohammed Alholayyil’s ‘300KM’ featuring Khaled Saqer, Zara Albalushi, and Ibrahim AlHajaj, is set to imaginatively confront social controversies. Hailing from a conservative community, a man, woman and child are forced to travel together in a small car to undertake the journey over a 300-km long stretch of road.
Separately, on Thursday DIFF announced Bollywood actress Rekha as the recipient of this year’s renowned Indian Lifetime Achievement Award.