Jemima Khan’s ‘What’s Love Got To Do With It will feature at the Red Sea International Film Festival in Saudi Arabia. It will be the first film to screen at the event.
The festival will run from December 1-10, 2022 in the port city of Jeddah. As of now, the festival will feature 131 feature-length and short films from 61 countries in total. 34 of them are world premieres, 17 are regional premieres, and 47 are MENA premieres.
“The films set to compete at the Red Sea Competition, of which several received crucial support from the Red Sea Fund, span a variety of different genres and eras and are created by a wide range of incredibly talented filmmakers,” said Antoine Khalife, the festival’s Director of Arab Programs & Film Classics.
“The Arab actors shine in extremely challenging roles, whilst the directors identify with the characters in all their complexity, and we are thus confronted with regrets, redemption, courage, self-seeking and revenge, but also love in all its aspects.”
Director of International Programming Kaleem Aftab said that the number of submissions has increased since the successful inaugural session last year. “There were tough decisions to be made,” he said. “We have been delighted by the extraordinary storytelling and this year’s selection is of the highest caliber showcasing the enormous depth and diversity of stories from Asia, Africa, and the Arab world.”
Read more: Jemima Khan wins big at The Rome Festival
Last month, Jemima Khan won big at The Rome Festival. Her film ‘What’s Love Got To Do With It’ won the Best Comedy award at the Rome Film Festival on Saturday. The film feature Shahzad Latif, Emma Thompson, Sajal Aly, and Lily James.
Jemima, the co-producer of the film, posted a picture of her with the trophy. “We won (the trophy) for Best Comedy at The Rome Film Festival for our film, which I wrote and produced,” she wrote. Khan was dressed up in an off-white trouser suit. She thanked everyone who helped her win the trophy. “Thank you to @olparker1 for teaching me how to write a script when I had no clue. And for being the most supportive, generous & kindest friend when my self esteem was at its lowest,” said Jemima Khan.