Venice, Italy – 3 September 2022: The Red Sea International Film Festival (RSIFF) and Vanity Fair have come collectively to have a good time visionary feminine expertise each on and behind the digital camera who’re shaping the movie trade and creating extraordinary tales that resonate with audiences world wide.
At a gala occasion hosted alongside the 79th Venice International Film Festival on the Palazzo Rocca Contarini Corfù, the RSIFF and Vanity Fair honoured six outstanding girls working on the coronary heart of the Arab movie trade.
The gala occasion shone the highlight on a trio of trailblazing expertise from Saudi Arabia together with the acclaimed filmmaker Haifaa al-Mansour (Wadjda, Perfect Candidate, Mary Shelley), award successful actress and filmmaker Ahd Kamel (Collateral, Honour, Wadjda) and thrilling one to observe Sumaya Rida (Rupture, Rashash). They had been joined by Oscar nominee Kaouther Ben Hania (The Man Who Sold His Skin, Beauty and the Dogs), celebrated actress Hend Sabry (Finding Ola, Noura’s Dream, Asmaa) and Dorra Zarrouk (Walls, Zombie Goes Zombie) all hailing from Tunisia.
Haifaa al-Mansour defined: “I am incredibly honoured to return to Venice Film Festival for the Women in Cinema Gala. I am very thankful to Vanity Fair for including me in this incredible event with all of these extraordinary women. Venice has been my “home” competition for the reason that launch of my first movie ‘Wadjda’ right here ten years in the past. I used to be overjoyed to return to Venice for my comply with up Saudi movie, ‘The Perfect Candidate’, and hope to return with one other Saudi movie very quickly!”
Shivani Pandya Malthora; Managing Director; Mohammed Al Turki; CEO of the Red Sea International Film Festival and Simone Marchetti; Vanity Fair European Editorial Director and Editor in Chief additionally welcomed to the occasion; Isabelle Huppert, Carla Bruni, Nadine Labaki, Sabrina Carpenter, Philippine Leroy, Brina Knauss, Rocio Muñoz Morales, Sarah Tiba, Sarah Gadon, Beatrice Venezi, Maria Pedraza, Nicole Rossi and Claudio Santamaria.
Shivani Pandya Malhotra, Managing Director of the RedSeaIFF, stated: “The Red Sea International Film Festival has an important role to play in ensuring women’s stories are showcased to as many people as possible and providing a platform to ensure their voices are heard. We strive to establish ways for women to succeed as storytellers as they continue to shape our cultural landscape. Together with Vanity Fair we are celebrating women who are leading the way and inspiring a new generation of creatives.”
Mohammed Al Turki; CEO of the RedSeaIFF added: “I’m thrilled to see the rise of women filmmakers making a mark on the world of cinema and with our friends at Vanity Fair we honour these brilliant women as they continue to take the industry by storm, breaking stereotypes and bringing fresh narratives to the screen. We’re grateful for their amazing contributions and cannot wait to see what they do next.”
The second version of the Red Sea International Film Festival will run in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia from December 1-10, 2022.