DUBAI: US actor-turned-director Jennifer Esposito’s mob drama “Fresh Kills” will get its world premiere at Saudi Arabia’s Red Sea International Film Festival, which runs from Nov. 30 to Dec. 9.
The film festival, which takes place in Jeddah, this week announced a new set of international films that will launch in its Festival Favorites and Treasures strands.
The movies include Anna Kendrick’s directorial debut “Woman of the Hour,” which is a crime drama, and Swedish director Niclas Larsson’s family drama "Mother Couch,” starring Ewan McGregor and Ellen Burstyn.
Other titles include the David Oyelowo-produced documentary “Allihopa: The Dalkurd Story,” the Women’s World Cup documentary “Copa 71,” with executive producers Serena and Venus Williams, Laetitia Colombani’s “The Braid” and Asmae El Moudi’s documentary’s “Mother of All Lies,” which is Morocco’s Oscar entry this year.
“We have incredible female directors included in this lineup of both established names and new talent,” said Kaleem Aftab, the festival’s director of international programming, emphasizing that the selection highlights the “changing landscape of cinema” from the Arab world, Asia, Europe and North and South America.
The theme of the festival’s third edition is, “Your Story, Your Festival.”
Organizers said on Monday their goal was to provide “a unique and powerful platform for celebrating film, connecting cultures and expanding horizons while welcoming stories from all walks of life.”
The Red Sea International Film Festival also unveiled its selection of 36 movies from Saudi Arabia, as well as its Arab Spectacular and Red Sea: Competition lineups for this year’s third edition.
“Collectively, these strands will showcase the rich and varied work by established and new filmmakers from the region, including documentaries and titles produced by the Red Sea Film Foundation,” organizers said.
The program will put a spotlight on films made in the Middle East and North Africa region, featuring 36 feature-length and short films from Saudi Arabia.