Latido Films reportedly acquires international sales rights to ‘Born a King’

Spanish agency Latido Films has acquired international sales rights to “Born a King” (Supplied)
Updated 02 December 2019

Latido Films reportedly acquires international sales rights to ‘Born a King’

  • According to Variety, Spanish agency Latido Films has acquired international sales rights to “Born a King"
  • Latido Films will introduce the movie to select buyers from all over the world at Ventana Sur

DUBAI: According to Variety, Spanish agency Latido Films has acquired international sales rights to “Born a King,” the Agustí Villaronga-directed movie, which premiered in Saudi Arabia and the UAE in September, that tells the story of a young King Faisal Al-Saud during his trip to the UK on a diplomatic mission.

Latido Films’ director Antonio Saura and international sales head Juan Torres will introduce the movie to select buyers from all over the world at Ventana Sur, a Latin American film market organized by the National Institute of Cinema and Audiovisual Arts (INCAA) and Marché du Film – Cannes Film Festival, which kicks off on Dec. 2.

“I’m very happy to give the world sales rights on the film to Latido, a Spanish company that defends good cinema and, headed by Antonio Saura, will grow in the future into one of the independent cinema specialists of greatest international reach,” said the film’s producer Andrés Vicente Gómez as per Variety.

“This is Latido’s first collaboration with Agustí Villaronga – one of the most admired film directors in Spain, a creative, inventive talent that knows like very few how to portray the complexity of the human mind,” quipped Saura. “And with Andrés Vicente Gómez, one of Spain’s legendary film producers,” he added.

The UK-Spanish co-production, which stars Ed Skrein and “Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation” actress Hermione Cornfield, is the first big international feature to shoot in Riyadh.

Set in 1919, the film was partly shot in Riyadh and Diriyah, and sees a teenage Faisal, later to become king of Saudi Arabia, as the young hero sent by his father to lead negotiations in London aged 13 with the fate of his nation resting on his shoulders.

It cost almost $20 million to make and has since racked up $4.2 million since its premiere in the Middle East. 


Miss Tunisia Sabrine Mansour dances into the top 40 at Miss World 2019

Sabrine Mansour was crowned Miss World Tunisia 2019 in February. Instagram
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Miss Tunisia Sabrine Mansour dances into the top 40 at Miss World 2019

  • The 69th edition of the Miss World pageant unfolded on Dec. 14 at the ExCeLConvention Centre in London
  • The only beauty queen to represent the Arab world at the world’s oldest-running international beauty pageant was Sabrine Mansour

DUBAI: The 69th edition of the Miss World pageant unfolded on Dec. 14 at the ExCeLConvention Centre in London, with Jamaica’s Toni-Ann Singh beating out 110 hopeful contestants to take home the coveted crown during the televised event.

Miss France Ophely Mezino was first runner-up while Miss India Suman Rao was second runner-up. The 23-year-old Singh was crowned by last year’s winner, Vanessa Ponce de Leon of Mexico.

Elis Miele Coehlo of Brazil and Nigeria’s Nyekachi Douglas rounded out the top 5.

The only beauty queen to represent the Arab world at the world’s oldest-running international beauty pageant was Sabrine Mansour, a 24-year-old dental student who hails from the Tunisian coastal city of Mahdia. 

Mansour, who was crowned Miss World Tunisia during a grand coronation ceremony held at Tunis’s municipal theatre in February, was part of the top 40 quarter-finalists, securing her spot after placing in the top 10 of the Beauty With a Purpose portion of the competition. 

Formerly known as Miss World Scholarship, Beauty with a Purpose is an event that awards the contestant with the most impactful charity project in her respective nation. 

For her part, the aspiring dentist has set up a number of health camps in rural areas of Tunisia for those who cannot afford to get oral check ups. Additionally, she works towards raising awareness on several illnesses including diabetes and breast cancer. 

The Miss World hopefuls, who hail from 111 countries, spent a month in London competing in events like Sport, Talent and Beauty with a Purpose to secure their spot in the televised finale.

For the talent portion of the competition, the trained flamenco and salsa dancer performed an energetic dance while wearing traditional Tunisian garb complete with the distinct red, felt “chechia.” 

Since the pageant’s inception in 1951, there has only ever been one beauty queen of Arabic descent to take home the prestigious crown. In 1954, Antigone Costanda was the first Miss Egypt candidate to win the title of Miss World. 

Meanwhile, Singh’s victory marks Jamaica’s fourth time claiming the title, and the first since 1993. 

Notably, for the first time ever, four of the major beauty pageants — Miss Universe, Miss World, Miss USA and Miss America — were won by black women.