Oprah Winfrey gushes over ‘director extraordinaire’ Nadine Labaki

Nadine Labaki and her husband Khaled Mouzanar at an event earlier this year. (AFP)
Updated 12 February 2019

Oprah Winfrey gushes over ‘director extraordinaire’ Nadine Labaki

DUBAI: Oscar nominated Lebanese director Nadine Labaki and her producer husband Khaled Mouzanar dined with Oprah Winfrey, who took to Instagram to share the exciting moment this week.

"Look who came for lunch… director extraordinaire @nadinelabaki and her producer husband Khaled.

I love their movie #Capernaum so much. If you get the chance, see it!"

Oprah previously expressed her love for the movie on social media and was joined in her sentiment by actress Glenn Close who said the film impacted her deeply in a red-carpet interview at the BAFTAs, when asked what her top films of the year were.

“Capernaum. It moved me to my absolute core. I think it’s a masterwork. I really do,” she said.

Ukrainian pianist hits the high notes for Taif visitors

Updated 25 August 2019

Ukrainian pianist hits the high notes for Taif visitors

TAIF: It is not unusual for musicians to aim for the stars, but organizers of the Crown Prince Camel Festival in Taif gave the Ukrainian concert pianist Olina Lukashu a head start.

Visitors to the opening entertainment events at King Faisal Garden were treated to the sight and sound of Lukashu performing 5 meters in the air, dressed in a long white gown that reached down to the ground.

“It was decided to put her at the entrance of the garden, all dressed in white to welcome the visitors,” festival spokesman Saleh Al-Anzi told Arab News.

“It is a new idea that was greatly enjoyed by visitors, who admired her rendition of various musical pieces.”

Among the 25 events taking place in conjunction with this year’s festival is a circus presented by five Latin American countries, Al-Anzi said. There is also a free childcare service, mobile food courts, international restaurants and a live broadcasting studio.  “Visitors will be able to ride camels inside the park, and enjoy the handicrafts on display by various artisans,” he said.

Dr. Sami bin Abdullah Al-Obaidi, chairman of the Council of Saudi Chambers, told Arab News the Taif Season was important in terms of generating employment opportunities for young Saudis, and creating tourist projects. “All the events are full of visitors,” he said.

He said 2,000 jobs were provided during the Taif Season, and those who took up the opportunities gained skills and knowledge about the requirements of an audience.

“Saudi culture has changed, and Saudis have become more aware of global challenges and requirements, and the expectations of tourists and other consumers,” he said. “Taif Season has set a high standard.”