The curtain is set to rise on the third edition of the Red Sea International Film Festival in Jeddah, with the eagerly anticipated opening film being "Hwjn," a cinematic gem helmed by the visionary director Yasir Al-Yasiri. Scheduled to take place from November 30 to December 9, the festival made the announcement on Instagram, expressing excitement about showcasing the film as the festival's opener. "HWJN," adapted from Ibraheem Abbas's bestselling YA fantasy novel, weaves a captivating tale of a curious Jinn who experiences love with a human woman. The narrative delves into the enigma surrounding the Jinn's royal lineage, creating a mesmerizing fusion of Arabian folklore and the mystical Jinn realm.
Featuring a talented cast including Baraa Alem, Nour Alkhadra, Naif Aldaferi, Alanoud Saud, Mohsen Mansour, and Shaimaa Al-Tayeb, the film promises to captivate audiences with its intriguing storyline. Mohammed Al-Turki, the CEO of the Red Sea Film Foundation, emphasized the significance of opening the festival with a Saudi film, highlighting the remarkable progress of the cinema industry in a relatively short span. Al-Turki, a Saudi filmmaker himself, expressed the transformative nature of this moment and the pride in contributing to the region's cinematic growth.
The festival's theme for this year, "Your Story, Your Festival," was unveiled recently, with organizers aiming to provide a distinctive and influential platform for celebrating film, fostering cultural connections, and broadening horizons. Emphasizing the goal of welcoming stories from diverse backgrounds, the festival seeks to go beyond a traditional film screening event. The festival's theme, "Your Story, Your Festival," embodies concepts of cultural interchange, diversity, and connection. It also reflects the festival's goal of becoming a comprehensive global cinematic platform.
As the organizers gear up for the upcoming edition, the anticipation builds for a festival that promises to be a hub for diverse storytelling and cultural celebration.