Series of inspired redirections leads rising star in Saudi cinema to Cannes screening

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Mon, 2024-05-13 21:02

JEDDAH: Filmmaker Hanaa Alfassi, from Jeddah, is a rising talent in the nascent world of Saudi cinema, rubbing shoulders with iconic directors like Haifa Al-Mansour.

Her latest project, “When the Shelves Hymn,” created under the working title “Bygones,” is a coming-of-age drama that is currently in post-production. A scene is set to be screened at a Film AlUla event at Cannes Film Festival this week and the film is part of the AlUla Creates initiative, with Al-Mansour present as one of the mentors on set.

Hanaa Alfassi’s upcoming project ‘When the Shelves Hymn,’ is part of the AlUla Creates initiative, with renowned Saudi director Haifa Al-Mansour present as one of the mentors on set. (Supplied)
Hanaa Alfassi’s upcoming project ‘When the Shelves Hymn,’ is part of the AlUla Creates initiative, with renowned Saudi director Haifa Al-Mansour present as one of the mentors on set. (Supplied)
Hanaa Alfassi’s upcoming project ‘When the Shelves Hymn,’ is part of the AlUla Creates initiative, with renowned Saudi director Haifa Al-Mansour present as one of the mentors on set. (Supplied)
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