Saudi film ‘The Perfect Candidate’ premieres at Venice Film Festival

The movie is a comedic drama. (Supplied)
Updated 01 September 2019

Saudi film ‘The Perfect Candidate’ premieres at Venice Film Festival

DUBAI: The Saudi film “The Perfect Candidate” made its debut at the Venice Film Festival on Wednesday.

Helmed by Haifaa Al-Mansour, the movie has already made history as the first film supported by the Saudi Film Council, which announced its intention to back Saudi Arabian productions and expand the country’s film industry during the 2018 Cannes Film Festival.

The movie is a comedic drama about a Saudi female doctor who goes against the traditional patriarchal norms in order to run for municipal election in the Kingdom.

Al-Mansour’s films often focus on the challenges that young women face in male-dominated societies. “The Perfect Candidate” is no different.

Though it tackles serious issues, “The Perfect Candidate” is not solely a drama. It also highlights the humor of the Saudi Arabian people — something that often gets overlooked.

“We have a great sense of humor that people don’t see,” Al-Mansour told Arab News.

“In film, we can show that — it’s something people will discover. Food too. Also, how in Saudi there is a huge distinction between what is public and what is private. In private, people sing, have fun, and are fluid. Once people go out, they are reserved, because that is the way the culture is. With film, you will get a chance to see how people are in private. This is the only way that people can see who we are — by opening our heart through film.”


Get the scoop on President Putin’s delicious lunch menu in Saudi Arabia

Russian President Vladimir Putin arrived in Riyadh on Monday in his first visit since 2007. (SPA)
Updated 14 October 2019

Get the scoop on President Putin’s delicious lunch menu in Saudi Arabia

DUBAI: Russian President Vladimir Putin arrived in Riyadh on Monday in his first visit since 2007, and was welcomed to Al-Yamamah Palace by Saudi King Salman as well as Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

The Russian president sat down to a sumptuous lunch banquet after being welcomed off his plane at King Khalid International Airport by Riyadh Governor Prince Faisal bin Bandar.

And what did the leader of Russia enjoy while in Saudi Arabia? We got the inside scoop on what was served up at the decadent luncheon.

We got the inside scoop on what was served up at the decadent luncheon. (Arab News)

To start things off, diners enjoyed a variety of hot and cold appetizers, which were followed up with a choice of three main courses.

Guests were invited to choose between smoked salmon with asparagus and balsamic sauce, chicken breasts stuffed with a creamy concoction of saffron, turmeric and vegetables and deliciously soft wagyu beef served with purple carrots, orange fruit sauce and a delicate garnish of mountain flowers.

And that wasn’t all — to show off the best Saudi Arabia has to offer, President Putin was also treated to a selection of traditional Saudi dishes, which guests could sample at their leisure.

The Russian president sat down to a sumptuous lunch banquet after being welcomed off his plane. (Arab News) 

Sweet-toothed diners then had their moment of glory as the dessert course was served up.

Chocolate mousse with fresh mangos and mango coulis was served alongside a tarte cranberry ice cream — a fun twist on the usual pairing of chocolate and vanilla ice cream.

And for those who wanted a healthier alternative, a variety of fresh fruits were offered to guests.