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The Cannes Film Festival Is Dominated By Saudi Actors And Arab Designers

Saudi model Amira Al-Zuhair made a fashionable statement at the opening of the Cannes Film Festival, donning a unique pink gown created by Lebanese designer Rami Kadi. Al-Zuhair, who has a French mother and a Saudi father and was born in Paris, showcased a corset-style off-the-shoulder dress with a voluminous skirt at the prestigious festival's 76th edition.

She attended the premiere of "Jeanne du Barry," a film that marked Johnny Depp's return to the spotlight following a highly publicized defamation trial, and received support from Saudi Arabia's Red Sea International Film Festival.

Expressing her excitement on Instagram, Al-Zuhair, a proud French and Saudi woman, shared the opening ceremony details with her 46,000 followers, emphasizing the significance of "Jeanne du Barry" as the first international co-production between Saudi Arabia and France. Meanwhile, Johnny Depp, appearing rejuvenated, engaged with fans, signing autographs and taking photos before the movie's debut.

The Cannes Film Festival lived up to its glitzy image with an array of celebrities gracing the red carpet. Mads Mikkelsen, Helen Mirren with blue hair, and John C. Reilly were among the stars making their grand entrance.

Michael Douglas, accompanied by his wife Catherine Zeta-Jones and their daughter Carys, walked into the Grand Theatre Lumiere without stopping for autographs, as the 78-year-old actor was honored with a Palme d'Or award. Both Zeta-Jones and Carys showcased gowns by Lebanese couturier Elie Saab, with Zeta-Jones wearing a plunging neckline red gown and Carys wearing a white translucent gown from Saab’s Spring/Summer 2023 collection.


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The inaugural event was also attended by Brazilian model Alessandra Ambrosio, who wore a vintage hooded gown by Elie Saab from his 2005 haute couture line.

While Honayda Serafi's attention-grabbing pink gown also featured a hood and was accessorized with exquisite jewelry from luxury brand Chopard.

Saudi actress and singer Aseel Omran captivated fans in a dazzling maroon Dior dress, and Saudi TV presenter Eleen Suliman opted for a light green gown by Beirut-based label Sara Mrad, featuring voluminous sleeves and a thigh-high slit.

Lebanese actress Razane Jammal graced the event in a white Dior gown with collar embellishments.

Lebanese singer and actress Maya Diab stunned onlookers in a black ensemble by Lebanese couturier Jean-Louis Sabaji. The backless dress boasted a daring neckline and a high slit, revealing the star's studded sheer stockings.

Egyptian actress Mona Zaki mesmerized fans with her vibrant Zuhair Murad gown, adorned with multiple colors.

Indian actress Esha Gupta made an appearance wearing a sensational white dress by Nicolas Jebran, as shared by the designer on Instagram.

Lastly, Farhana Bodi, star of Netflix's "Dubai Bling," turned heads in a custom-made lemon-colored feather gown by Omani label Atelier Zuhra, featuring an eye-catching bow on the back and a three-meter train.


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