Saudi film ‘Last Visit’ wins big at Marrakech Film Festival

Saudi-directed film "Last Visit" won the Jury Prize at the 18th edition of the Marrakech Film Festival. Supplied
Updated 08 December 2019

Saudi film ‘Last Visit’ wins big at Marrakech Film Festival

  • Saudi Arabian feature “Last Visit” directed by Abdulmohsen Aldhabaan won the Jury Prize at the 2019 Marrakech Film Festival
  • It wasn't the only Arab production to win big as Tunisia's Ala Eddine Slim clinched the Best Directing Prize

DUBAI: Saudi Arabian feature “Last Visit,” directed by movie critic-turned-director Abdulmohsen Aldhabaan, jointly won the Jury Prize at the 18th edition of the Marrakech Film Festival. The movie, which premiered at the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival in the Czech Republic in July, is the first feature by Aldhabaan.

Shot in remote areas of Najan, 107 km from Riyadh, the film focuses on a strained father-and-son relationship.

Saudi films are having quite a moment. Just last week, the Shahad Ameen-directed film “Scales” was named the best film in the Asian feature section at the 30th Singapore International Film Festival.

“Last Visit” won the Jury Prize alongside Chinese film “Mosaic Portrait” by Zhai Yixiang.

The Saudi-directed drama wasn’t the only production representing the Arab world to win big at the 2019 edition of the annual film festival, which takes place in the North African nation’s historic Jemaa El-Fna Square in Marrakech’s old town. Tunisia’s Ala Eddine Slim clinched the Best Directing Prize for his second feature film, “Tlamess.”

Meanwhile, taking home the biggest prize of the night was Colombia’s “Valley of Souls,” directed by Nicolás Rincón Gille, which won the Etoile d’Or for best film. Each award was presented by actress Tilda Swinton who was also a member of the jury.


Models Gigi, Bella Hadid walk designer Gaultier’s last fashion show

Jean-Paul Gaultier took his final bow of a 50-year career in the industry at the Paris Fashion Week. (AFP)
Updated 23 January 2020

Models Gigi, Bella Hadid walk designer Gaultier’s last fashion show

  • Part-Palestinian sisters Gigi and Bella Hadid were among the big names walking his last haute couture runway, the models wearing Gaultier’s latest designs from his Spring 2020 collection

DUBAI: French designer Jean-Paul Gaultier on Wednesday took his final bow of a 50-year career in the industry at the Paris Couture Week.

Part-Palestinian sisters Gigi and Bella Hadid were among the big names walking his last haute couture runway, the models wearing Gaultier’s latest designs from his Spring 2020 collection.

Gigi was dressed in a sailor’s outfit featuring a striped bodysuit with white wide-leg trousers and sailor hat. (AFP)

Gigi was dressed in a sailor’s outfit featuring a striped bodysuit with white wide-leg trousers and sailor hat.

Bella wore a strapless peacock-like black dress which the stylists paired with boots and gloves.

Bella wore a strapless peacock-like black dress which the stylists paired with boots and gloves. (AFP)

Gaultier shared a video on his Instagram this week inviting his followers to attend the show and celebrate the end of his half-century career with him. “It is going to be a party with my friends, and we are going to have fun until very, very late.”

He then went on to announce his farewell. “Now I am going to share something with you. This will be my last haute couture show. Be there! You can’t miss this,” he said. “However, stay tuned, Gaultier Paris will go on. The haute couture continues. I have a new concept and I will tell you about it later.”