EXCLUSIVE: Haifaa Al Mansour made history with Wadjda, the first feature by a Saudi Arabian woman and the first to be shot entirely within the Kingdom. For her second feature, the director is in negotiations to helm …
Global Showbiz Briefs: Haifaa Al Mansour Back On Venice Jury; Greece’s Public Broadcaster Returns With New Look; More
Haifaa Al Mansour Tapped As President Of International Jury At Venice Film Festival
Haifaa Al Mansour will return to Venice this year as president of the International Jury for the Luigi De Laurentiis prize for a debut film, the award that’s akin to Cannes’ Camera d’Or. Al Mansour is the first woman to ever direct a film in Saudi Arabia. Her Wadjda, about a young girl’s determination to buy a bicycle, premiered on the Lido last year and went on to play several international festivals. The 70th Venice Film Festival runs August 28-September 7.
Transitional Channel Greek Public Television Hits Airwaves
Greece’s public broadcaster is back on the air, but it’s not the same ERT that was shuttered by the government last month. A transitional channel called Greek Public Television started displaying its logo on Wednesday morning with plans to show films and documentaries until the launch of the official new broadcaster, NERIT. More than 2,600 workers lost their jobs in June when Prime Minister Antonis Samaras shut the broadcaster down as part of the country’s austerity measures. Pulling the plug also caused a political crisis that had threatened the stability of Greece’s government. New legislation for NERIT, which stands for New Greek Radio, Internet and Television, will be debated in Parliament through tomorrow, according to Greek daily Ekathimerini