JEDDAH: Egyptian Montenegrin actress Tara Emad and Lebanese American actress Ruba Zarour took over the red carpet ahead of the screening of Lebanese filmmaker Lara Saba’s “All Roads Lead to Rome,” at the Red Sea International Film Festival in Jeddah.
Styled by Cedric Haddad, Emad wore a glittering embellished jumpsuit by Lebanese couturier Elie Saab, paired with jewelry by Cartier.
Zarour, the leading lady of “All Roads Lead To Rome,” wore a stylish jacket dress from French luxury fashion house Chanel.
Also attending the screening was popular Egyptian actress-singer Bushra Rozza, wearing a pearlescent green suit from Dubai-based label Lili Blanc, founded by Lebanese designer Sabrina Mouhiedin.
After the screening, Emad took to Instagram Stories to congratulate Zarour on her performance. “You’re a star. Mabrook @rubazarour. Truly enjoyed this light-hearted and beautiful film. Congrats to the whole incredibly talented cast.”
The film, produced by Lara and Chadi Haddad, tells the story of Hady (played by Haddad), a famous actor who is shortlisted for the role of the young pope in an international production.
In preparation for the role, he escapes his hectic life to Qannoubin, where four nuns and a young woman lead him to undergo a transformation.
The romantic comedy also stars Julia Kassar, Betty Taoutel, Myrna Moukarzel and Cynthia Karam.
Meanwhile, Saudi actress Fay Fouad attended the screening of “Sattar” and “Hanging Gardens” on Saturday. Also at the star-studded red carpet was Bollywood superstar Akshay Kumar, who also took part in an In Conversation segment at the film festival on Saturday.
Saudi actress Khairiah Abulaban was also spotted on the red carpet ahead of the two screenings.
Adding to the jam-packed day, Lebanese actor, director and writer Nadine Labaki — who enjoyed breakout success with Oscar-nominated and Cannes Jury Prize-winning third feature “Capernaum” in 2018 — was presented with the Variety International Filmmaker Vanguard award as she addressed the audience in an hour-long In Conversation panel.
The Red Sea International Film Festival runs until Dec. 10.