8 Global Films Showing At The Red Sea International Film Festival
The Red Sea International Film Festival’s “International Spectacular” category features eight of this year’s most intriguing films. Director of the international programming of the festival, Kaleem Aftab conveyed that 2021’s film selection portray some very unique, dynamic and moving stories.
“Filmmakers from across the world are sharing their stories, some deeply personal, others surreal and fantastic, but with all having a profound impact on the audiences viewing them,” he said.
All eight of the selected films are by filmmakers from all over the world, will be Arab world premieres and this is what they are…
The Color Room
Bridgerton’s Phoebe Dynevor plays the role of infamous ceramic artist, Clarice Cliff. The story is based on Cliff’s life events that led her to become one of the most renowned Art Deco artists of the time. The film is set in the 1920’s when Clarice Cliff faced many challenges in a male dominated society, and is directed by Claire McCarthy.
This film portrays the life and career of Ennio Morricone, the 20th Century musician behind the soundtracks of over 500 films. Directed by the Academy Award-winner Giuseppe Tornatore, who has a long-established bond with the composer after creating the soundtrack to 13 films of his, Ennio is likely a film depicting events exactly as they happened.
Sisters, directed by French-Algerian director Yamina Benguigui, tells the story of three sisters on a frantic mission to locate their brother who has been abducted. The film follows the journey of siblings Zorah, Nohra, and Djamila, who make the decision to travel to Algeria to visit their dying father who had abducted their brother, and take the opportunity to discover his whereabouts.
The Lost Daughter
Directed by Maggie Gyllenhaal, The Lost Daughter stars Jessie Buckley, Dakota Johnson and The Crown actress, Olivia Colman, and has a thought provoking narrative that focuses on a woman’s holiday where she is reminded of memories of motherhood.
Mona Lisa And The Blood Moon
Mona Lisa and the Blood Moon is directed by Iranian American Ana Lily Amirpour and tells the story of a woman who escapes a mental asylum with superpowers. The film also conveys how the woman struggles to make a life for herself in New Orleans and stars Jeon Jong-Seo, Kate Hudson, Craig Robinson, and Ed Skrein. The film had a world premiere at the Venice International Film Festival.
Belfast is a film set in the midst of social and musical uproar in the 1960s in Northern Ireland and has themes of love, loss, and joy in a young boy’s childhood. It is directed by Academy Award nominee Kenneth Branagh, and his dedicated to the city he hails from, and stars Judi Dench, Jamie Dornan, Jude Hill, and Ciarán Hinds.
The Good Boss
Javier Bardem plays the boss of a family run factory for big retailers for weighing vehicles. The film that he co-directed with Spanish director Fernando León de Aranoa is set on the outskirts of a small town and premiered at this year’s San Sebastian International Film Festival. The film was noted as the Spanish entry for Best International Feature Film in the 94th Academy Awards.
You Resemble Me
Egyptian American director Dina Amer and Omar Mullik’s film touches on some of the darkest modern day issues, surrounded by a storyline that involves family, love and belonging. You Resemble Me starts with a young girl, Hasna, who is contemplating jumping off the ledge of a balcony but decides against it and rejoins her sister in the room. The girls are then separated during the film as it continues to explore Hasna’s challenges in finding her identity.