The Red Sea International Film Festival (Red Sea IFF) announced today that acclaimed Lebanese director, screenwriter, and actor Nadine Labaki and multi-award-winning Indian actor Ranbir Kapoor will receive Variety International Vanguard Awards at the upcoming second edition of the Red Sea International Film Festival in Jeddah, on the Eastern shore of the Red Sea.
Nadine Labaki will be presented with the Variety International Vanguard Filmmaker Award. Labaki first made her mark in the film industry with her feature debut, Caramel, which premiered at Cannes Film Festival in 2007. Known for using her filmmaking platform to highlight aspects of everyday life in Lebanon. She is also the first female Arab director to have been nominated for an Oscar in the category for Best Foreign Language Film for Capernaum. Labaki will also be taking part in an ‘In Conversation’ event set to take place on Saturday, 3rd December at Vox Cinemas, Red Sea Mall to discuss her inspiring career to date.
Ranbir Kapoor will be presented the Variety International Vanguard Actor Award. One of India’s biggest acting talents and hailing from a legacy family, Kapoor carried on the indelible mark made on the Indian Film Industry by the Kapoor family. Ranbir Kapoor rose to fame in 2007 with Saawariya by Sanjay Leela Bhansali since which he went on to star in box office hits such as Rockstar and Barfi!, earning him two consecutive Filmfare Awards for Best Actor.
Today 15 years and over 30 roles later, on the heels of the Disney blockbuster ‘Brahmastra’, Kapoor has carved out for himself a distinct identity as a performer that can entertain audiences across a diverse set of roles. He will be taking part in an ‘In Conversation’ event on Wednesday, 7th December at Vox Cinemas, Red Sea Mall to discuss his fascinating career in cinema so far.
Mohammed Al Turki; CEO of the RedSeaIFF said: “Nadine Labaki and Ranbir Kapoor are two remarkable talents in the film industry. We are honored to be partnering with Variety to recognise their huge talent and contribution to the industry, and to be hosting In Conversation events with each of them to hear about their past success and hopes for the future. Each a unique storyteller, we look forward to welcoming them to Jeddah.”