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Saudi Film Festival Backs Johnny Depp Period Drama ‘Jeanne du Barry’

Saudi Arabia’s Red Sea International Film Festival is getting behind Johnny Depp’s new film, Jeanne du Barry, unveiling Thursday, saying it will provide postproduction support for the French period drama directed by, and co-starring, French multihyphenate Maïwenn. Depp stars in the film as 18th-century French King Louis XV, with Maïwenn playing the movie’s titular courtesan, […]

Mideast Distributor Front Row to Release ‘Within Sand,’ First Saudi Feature to Shoot in Neom

Front Row Filmed Entertainment, the Dubai-based distributor, has secured all Middle East and North African rights to Saudi Arabian feature Within Sand. The feature from director Moe Alatawi recently had its world premiere at Saudi’s Red Sea Film Festival, where it won the jury prize, and marks the second Saudi film Front Row is distributing […]

Reporter’s Notebook: Saudi Arabia’s Red Sea Film Fest Comes Into Its Own With Sharp, Star-Studded Second Edition

Among the most frequent questions I was asked by local Saudis working at the Red Sea Film Festival earlier this week was “Is this your first time here?” followed by “How have you liked it so far?” These weren’t forced marketing queries they’d been instructed to ask, or at least didn’t seem to be. With […]

‘Malcolm X’ Finally Screens in Saudi Arabia 30 Years After Historic Filming in Mecca

Malcolm X may have famously been the first non-documentary to shoot in Saudi Arabia’s holy city of Mecca, but it’s taken 30 years for the film to actually screen publicly in the country. That historic occasion took place on Dec. 3 at the Red Sea International Film Festival in Jeddah, where Spike Lee touched down […]

Saudi Film Pioneer and Red Sea Film Festival Founder Mahmoud Sabbagh Unveils Latest Feature ‘Last Party in Rumah Desert’ (Exclusive)

Mahmoud Sabbagh, the groundbreaking Saudi director, producer and screenwriter whose 2016 debut feature Barakah Meets Barakah became the first Saudi title to debut at the Berlinale, has unveiled his third film project.  The Hollywood Reporter can reveal that Sabbagh — who was instrumental in the creation of the Red Sea Film Festival and was its director […]

Red Sea Film Fest: Sharon Stone Says She Accepted Invite to Saudi Arabia Because She’s an “Envelope Breaker”

Sharon Stone was among the star attractions — amid a heady array of big names — on the opening night of the Red Sea Film Festival on Thursday night in the Saudi Arabian city of Jeddah.  The following day, the actress participated in an in-conversation discussion during which she described her reason for attending, despite admitting there […]

Red Sea Film Fest: Regional Cinema Giant Vox Unveils First Slate of Arabic Features

Vox Cinemas, the largest exhibitor across the Middle East, has used the Red Sea Film Festival in Saudi Arabia to underline a major push into Arabic features, unveiling its debut slate of local original movies. The lineup includes titles from new and established filmmakers from Saudi Arabia, Egypt, UAE and Lebanon and is part of […]

Red Sea Film Fest: Guy Ritchie Says He Had Zero Trepidations About Attending Saudi Event, Would Gladly Cast Will Smith in ‘Aladdin 2’

Guy Ritchie claims he didn’t have any concerns about accepting an invitation to be a special guest at the Red Sea International Film Festival in Saudi Arabia. Speaking to The Hollywood Reporter on day 2 of the second edition of the event in Jeddah and the morning after he accepted one of the festival’s main […]

Sharon Stone, Guy Ritchie, Shah Rukh Khan and Bruno Mars Among Stars in Saudi Arabia for Red Sea Film Festival Opener

After a year of heavy promotion across all the major festivals, for only its second edition Saudi Arabia’s own Red Sea Film Festival managed to amass the sort of star-studded opening night red carpet that would have made even Cannes proud. On Thursday at the vast, palatial and exceedingly glitzy Ritz-Carlton hotel in the coastal […]

Red Sea Film Festival Adds Spike Lee, Jackie Chan to Starry In-Conversations Section

Saudi Arabia’s Red Sea Film Festival, due to kick off its second edition Dec. 1, is continuing to add significant talent to its lineup, including two Oscar winners. Spike Lee, Jackie Chan and Andrew Dominik are joining a growing assortment of big-name directors flying out to the coastal city of Jeddah to participate in a […]

Saudi Film Pioneer Faisal Baltyuor on the Need for Local Commercial Films, Cinema Stars

Since it was first announced in late 2017 that the cinema ban in Saudi Arabia was being lifted after almost four decades, local industry pioneer and producer Faisal Baltyuor has been right at the heart of the action.  When the country brought its first delegation to Cannes the following year, Baltyuor was heading up the […]

Red Sea Film Festival: 5 Things Not to Miss

The second edition of the Red Sea Film Festival starts on Thursday, Dec. 1, kicking of 10 days of cinema action in Saudi’s coastal metropolis of Jeddah. To save international attendees some time, The Hollywood Reporter has gone through the festival program to pick out several things not to be missed. The On-Stage Talks — Guy […]