Lin turns to Lebanon for fashion win

The gown glittered on the red carpet. (Instagram)
Updated 24 April 2018

Lin turns to Lebanon for fashion win

  • Taiwanese model and actress Chiling Lin shut down the red carpet at the closing ceremony of the eighth Beijing International Film Festival this week wearing a dress by Lebanese designer, Rami Kadi
  • The 43-year-old star posed for photographs in a glittering, light pink gown with sparkling embroidery woven to resemble fronds of ivy

DUBAI: Taiwanese model and actress Chiling Lin shut down the red carpet at the closing ceremony of the eighth Beijing International Film Festival this week wearing a dress by Lebanese designer, Rami Kadi.

The 43-year-old star posed for photographs in a glittering, light pink gown with sparkling embroidery woven to resemble fronds of ivy. The one-shoulder, figure-hugging dress was given extra oomph with its single sheer sleeve, which trailed down to the ground and added drama and flair to the outfit.

“Taiwanese model and actress @chiling.lin flaunts sexiness and charm in a Rami Kadi salmon ... gown to grace the closing ceremony of the eighth Beijing International Film Festival,” the design house posted on its Instagram account, alongside a photograph of the star.

The actress complemented the stunning dress with loose, free-flowing hair, minimal make-up and jewelry — drop earrings and a bracelet — by Hollywood favorite, Harry Winston.

The model and actress spent her high school years in Toronto and returned to Taiwan soon after. She is considered one of the most famous faces in Asia and was a brand ambassador for both China Airlines and Longines. The famous face also served as Taiwan’s goodwill ambassador to Japan and established the Chiling Charity Foundation in 2011.

She was joined at the event by Taiwan-born actress Shu Qi, who attended as a member of the jury headed by director Wong Kar Wai and as the star of one of the films showcased at the festival, “The Island.” The actress is a household name and even won the best supporting actress award at a Golden Horse Awards ceremony, regarded as the East Asian equivalent of the Academy Awards.

As for the Beijing International Film Festival, “Scary Mother,” a Georgian-Estonian drama, was named best film, according to media reports.

The film follows the story of a woman who places her passion for writing ahead of her family and its lead performer, Nato Murvanidze, was also named best actress at the festival.

The Tiantan awards were presented on Sunday night, at a closing ceremony just outside the Chinese capital.

British wartime drama “Journey’s End” won two prizes, one of which went to actor Paul Bettany for his supporting role.

“Dede,” a drama set in the Caucasus, also won big on the night, with Mariam Khatchvani being named best director and Konstantin Esadze earning the cinematography prize.

Joe Cole was named best actor for his role in the film “Eye on Juliet.” Meanwhile, Iranian actress Mina Sadati, who starred in “The Searing Summer,” was named best supporting actress.

 “Operation Red Sea,” a Hong Kong-Chinese Box Office hit, won the best special effects prize.


Arab movies to debut at Toronto International Film Festival

Updated 03 August 2020

Arab movies to debut at Toronto International Film Festival

DUBAI: Organizers of the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) have released a new lineup of 50 movies for screening at this year’s event including a number of Arabic flicks.

Egyptian filmmaker Mayye Zayed’s “Ash Ya Captain” (“Lift Like a Girl”), an intimate journey into the life of an aspiring athlete, will premiere at the 45th edition of the festival, due to take place between Sept. 10 and 20.

Also featured will be Palestinian filmmaking twins Tarzan and Arab Nasser’s “Gaza Mon Amour,” a satire on love and desire. The brothers’ second feature film, it tells the tale of a 60-year-old fisherman who is secretly in love with a market dressmaker. As the story unfolds, the fisherman discovers an ancient Greek statue that will trouble him.

British director Ben Sharrock’s “Limbo” will see Egyptian-British actor Amir El-Masry star as a Syrian asylum-seeker who finds himself living on a small Scottish island.

Egyptian-British actor Amir El-Masry stars in British director Ben Sharrock’s “Limbo.” (Toronto International Film Festival)

Meanwhile, American director Spike Lee’s film version of David Byrne’s hit Broadway show “American Utopia” will open at the event which will be capped off by American-Indian director Mira Nair’s “A Suitable Boy.”

In addition, there will be showings of Iranian directors Manijeh Hekmat’s “Bandar Band” and Farnoosh Samadi’s “180 Degree Rule.”

Most screenings will take place virtually due to government restrictions imposed to stop the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak.

Cameron Bailey, TIFF’s artistic director, said in a released statement: “We began this year planning for a festival much like our previous editions, but along the way we had to rethink just about everything.

“This year’s line-up reflects that tumult. The names you already know are doing brand-new things this year, and there’s a whole crop of exciting new names to discover.”

The full schedule of the festival will be released on Aug. 25.