Oliver Stone Jury President of Saudi Arabia Purple Sea Movie Pageant, Lineup Unveiled – The Hollywood Reporter

The Purple Sea Worldwide Movie Pageant in Saudi Arabia has named Oliver Stone its jury president and unveiled this system for its second version, which can run Dec. 1-10 in Jeddah.

“Legendary filmmaker Oliver Stone has been chosen to steer the jury of the Purple Sea: Options Competitors jury,” organizers mentioned. “The three-time Academy Award winner is behind a few of the all-time masterpieces of cinema, together with ScarfaceThe DoorwaysWall AvenueJFKMidnight CategoricalPlatoonBorn on the Fourth of JulyNixon and Pure Born Killers.”

The competition additionally unveiled its opening movie: What’s Love Acquired to Do With It?, directed by Shekhar Kapur (ElizabethBandit Queen), written by Jemima Khan and produced by StudioCanal and Working Title. The movie stars Lily James, Shazad Latif, Shabana Azmi, Sajal Aly, Asim Chaudhry and Emma Thompson. “Sliding between London and Lahore, love and friendship, custom and iconoclasm, What’s Love Acquired to Do with It? is a cross-cultural British romantic comedy that follows a filmmaker who decides to doc her greatest buddy’s journey in direction of an organized marriage,” the fest mentioned. 

In the meantime, its closing movie might be  the world premiere of Valley Street from Saudi author and director Khaled Fahd and starring Hamad Farhan, Naif Khalaf and Aseel Omran. “An uplifting and enchanting characteristic that follows Ali who’s perceived by his household and the individuals of the gorgeous Saudi Arabian mountain village the place he lives, Alwadi, as having a incapacity,” in accordance with a plot description. “Solely his older sister Siham acknowledges that his distinction is a part of him. The movie superbly explores human values and encounters that may forge a character and invitations us to take a greater have a look at the delicate individuals round us.”

The Purple Sea Worldwide Movie Pageant total will display screen 131 characteristic movies and shorts from 61 nations in 41 languages “from each established and rising expertise” and can host 34 world premieres, 17 Arab premieres and 47 Center East and North Africa premieres, “with quite a lot of filmmakers and actors in attendance for lots of the movies,” organizers mentioned. Extra movies are anticipated to be added within the coming weeks.

The competition world premieres will embody Saudi director Fahad Alammari’s Alkhallat+, “an anthology movie of social deception and trickery in 4 unlikely locations,” and Lebanese director Lara Saba’s All Roads Result in Rome, “a romantic comedy within the unlikely setting of a convent.

Additionally set for Purple Sea competition screenings are such favorites from earlier festivals as Ruben Östlund’s Palme d’Or winner Triangle of Unhappiness, Dealer, the South Korean drama directed and written by Hirokazu Kore-eda impressed by the nation’s child field phenomenon, Martin McDonagh’s The Banshees of Inisherin and Park Chan-Wook’s Choice to Depart, together with Sam Mendes’ Empire of Gentle.

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