Sharon Stone, Man Ritchie, Bruno Mars Amongst Stars

After a yr of heavy promotion throughout all the most important festivals, for under its second version Saudi Arabia’s personal Pink Sea Movie Pageant managed to amass the type of star-studded opening night time crimson carpet that might have made even Cannes proud.

On Thursday on the huge, palatial and exceedingly glitzy Ritz-Carlton lodge within the coastal metropolis of Jeddah, the impressively eclectic assortment of attendees for the curtain raiser What’s Love Bought to Do With It? included the likes of Sharon Stone, Man Ritchie, Shah Rukh Khan, Luca Guadagnino, Priyanka Chopra, Nadine Labaki, Andy Garcia, Oliver Stone, Henry Golding, Michelle Rodriguez, Frieda Pinto, Yousra, Gaspar Noé, Gurinder Chadha, Rossy de Palma, Melanie Laurent, Andrew Dominik, Lucy Hale and Scott Eastwood, plus the movie’s director Shekhar Kapur and author Jemima Khan. If there had been any issue luring stars and trade figures to a pageant that has been accused of being a part of Saudi’s culture-washing to deflect consideration from human rights abuses, it wasn’t obvious right here.

Inside on the opening ceremony, below an enormous chandelier within the lodge’s major auditorium, pageant CEO Mohammed Al Turki introduced the occasion’s honorary awards to Ritchie, Khan and Yousra. In the meantime, Oliver Stone — as head of the jury — got here to the stage, explaining that he thought Saudi Arabia was misrepresented by a lot of the world, including that he thought “individuals who choose it too harshly ought to come to go to and see if for themselves.”

Others have been equally enthused, with Ritchie saying it felt “nice to encourage cultural collaboration” in a rustic the place its fledgling movie trade is simply simply rising. Ritchie is amongst these giving particular talks over the approaching days, alongside Spike Lee, Jackie Chan, Sharon Stone, Labaki, Guadagnino, Garcia and Noé.

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“I really feel that someplace the narrative has modified,” mentioned Kapur on introducing What’s Love Bought to Do With It?, which first bowed in Toronto. “I see the enterprise and the fervour. Someplace the winds want to vary. For too lengthy, they’ve come from West to East. It must rise once more from the desert sands.”

Following the screening, including extra star energy to an evening that basically didn’t want rather more, Bruno Mars carried out a prolonged stay set on the pageant opening get together to tons of of ecstatic revelers.

The Pink Sea Movie Pageant runs by way of Dec. 10



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