The Six: Stargazing, the celebrities we spotted in Abu Dhabi

Will Smith and his son Trey visit the pit lane during the Abu Dhabi Formula One Grand Prix. (AFP)
Updated 26 November 2018

The Six: Stargazing, the celebrities we spotted in Abu Dhabi

DUBAI: The stars were out in full force at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix over the weekend and here are just a few of the famous faces spotted at the event.

Will Smith
Everybody’s favorite wise-cracking actor was in the UAE again this weekend and this time he took to the Yas Marina Circuit to hang out with racing star Lewis Hamilton.

Olivia Palermo
The social media star took some time out from the races to visit the Abu Dhabi Grand Mosque.



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Gorgeous settings at The Grand Mosque

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Bella Hadid
The US-Palestinian model flew in to support her boyfriend, The Weeknd, as he performed in Abu Dhabi and then took to the desert where she spent the afternoon on a quad bike.

Chris Tucker
The US comedian was in town for the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix and flooded his social media accounts with snaps from the city.



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Geri Halliwell
The Spice Girl posed for a photo with British singer Sam Smith, who performed on Saturday night, and shared the cutesy photos on her Instagram account.



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What a sweet heart @samsmith my new Bff

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Tiffany Haddish
The Hollywood star and comedian was spotted at a dinner party for regional brand SemSem, alongside Chris Tucker and Dave Chappelle.


‘Noura’s Dream’ becomes nightmare dilemma in this raw tale

Hend Sabry plays the lead role in ‘Noura’s Dream.’ (Supplied)
Updated 16 October 2019

‘Noura’s Dream’ becomes nightmare dilemma in this raw tale

CHENNAI: Hinde Boujemaa’s “Noura’s Dream,” which premiered at the recent Toronto International Film Festival and later featured at El Gouna Film Festival, saw the movie’s protagonist, Hend Sabry (Noura), clinch best actress award at the latter.

The director, who also wrote the script, tackles an unusual dilemma for a woman being pulled in three different directions by her husband, lover and three young children, two of them girls.

It is certainly not an easy task to lead a story such as this – emotionally complicated and set in Tunisia – to a closure.

In an interview with Variety, Boujemaa said: “There have been movies about adultery, but very few of them have been wholly empathetic to the woman. There’s often a kind of moral judgement attached. I wanted to make a film without any hint of moralizing.”

“Noura’s Dream” opens with a romantic scene. Working in a prison laundry, she is seen on her phone talking to her lover, handsome garage mechanic Lassaad (Hakim Boumsaoudi), and the two are all set to marry, her divorce just days away.

Her husband, Jamel (Lotfi Abdelli), is in jail having been caught committing petty crimes but when he is freed early after a presidential pardon, things get messy.

The director tackles an unusual dilemma for a woman being pulled in three different directions by her husband, lover and three young children. (Supplied) 

Boujemaa’s film has the feel of a Ken Loach (British director) movie, with its take on the predicament of the working class. There is a certain raw quality about “Noura’s Dream,” devoid of the polish and psychological complexities of “Marriage Story” (screened at Venice), in which auteur Noah Baumbach portrays the pain of a marital split with a degree of levity and sophistication.

A similar approach and treatment cannot be taken with Noura’s story, which is set in a very different kind of social environment that gives little freedom or equality to a woman. Take, for instance, the scene in which Noura’s defense lawyer, a woman, makes her client feel small and guilty, reminding her of the injustice and harm a split would do to her children.

Boujemaa’s film has the feel of a Ken Loach (British director) movie. (Supplied) 

Sabry brings to the fore the quandary of Noura, who is completely lost.

Should she go ahead with the divorce and marry Lassaad, a union that could mean abandoning her children who need their mother? Or should she stick with her wayward husband? There are no easy answers.