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.


Dubai designer unveils opulent wedding dress that ‘takes a village’ to transport

Cinco has dressed A-list celebrities including Jennifer Lopez, Carrie Underwood and Ellie Goulding. (Getty)
Updated 20 January 2020

Dubai designer unveils opulent wedding dress that ‘takes a village’ to transport

DUBAI: Dubai-based fashion designer Michael Cinco took to Instagram to share his latest three-meter-long wedding gown, which according to his account, “takes a village just to transport.”

The crystallized wedding gown has a train of intricate petal layers with around 200,000 Swarovski crystals and was created for an Abu Dhabi-based bride. “The bride specifically asked me to create her dream wedding — a 50’s inspired Dior gown...So I made her dream wedding gown with a couture M5 touch on it,” the Filipino designer wrote on his Instagram account.

Cinco has dressed A-list celebrities including Jennifer Lopez, Carrie Underwood, Ellie Goulding and many more.