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Spectacular Saudi-funded films are heading to Cannes Film Festival

The Red Sea International Film Festival has backed five films at the festival.

We are excited about Saudi Arabia’s burgeoning movie industry. So, we are thrilled to see that it is getting international recognition. The prestigious Cannes Film Festival 2023 is famous for showcasing films from around the world, and now five Saudi-backed films are coming to the festival.

Cannes Film Festival 2023 is an annual event, and takes place from 16 to 27 May. The festival was founded in 1946, and previews films and documentaries from around the world. The event is held at Palais des Festivals et des Congres, and welcomes international celebrities.

This year, Cannes Film Festival 2023 screenings include five films backed by Saudi Arabia’s Red Sea Film Fund. The films include Four Daughters by Kaouther Ben Hania, Banel E Adama by Ramata Toulayesy, Goodbye Julia by Mohamed Kordofani, Les Meutes by Kamal Lazreq, and The Mother of All Lies by Asmae El-Moudir. 

Saudi Arabia’s Red Sea International Film Festival is also behind Jeanne du Barry. The film stars the Hollywood actor Johnny Depp and French actress Maïwenn. Set in the 18th century, it follows the courtesan Madame du Barry and King Louis XV.  

Cannes Film Festival 2023 is also showcasing work by MENA filmmakers. Firebrand is directed by Algerian Brazlian Karim Ainouz, and stars Alicia Vikander and Jude Law. Omar La Fraise is directed by French Algerian Elias Belkeddar, and follows a gangster who tries to escape a life of crime. Plus, Terrestrial Verses is directed by Iranian Ali Asgari and Alireza Khatami. 

Congratulations, Saudi. 

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