Jessica Chastain electrifies in Elie Saab at Berlin awards

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Jessica Chastain and her husband, Gian Luca Passi de Preposulo, attend the annual Golden Camera German film and television awards in the decommissioned Berlin Tempelhof Airport. (AP)
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Jessica Chastain receives the best international actress award during the annual Golden Camera German film and television awards in the decommissioned Berlin Tempelhof Airport. (AP)
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Jessica Chastain arrives for the annual German film and television Golden Camera awards in Berlin. (Reuters)
Updated 01 April 2019

Jessica Chastain electrifies in Elie Saab at Berlin awards

  • Chastain picked up the “Best International Actress” award at the event
  • The Golden Globe-winner’s love affair with Saab’s designs goes back several years

JEDDAH: Jessica Chastain dazzled on the red carpet in an electric blue Elie Saab gown as she attended the Golden Camera Awards, the annual celebration of German film and television, in Berlin on Saturday night.
The Hollywood star’s outfit, from the Lebanese fashion designer’s spring-summer 2019 couture collection, incorporated a strapless “sweetheart” neckline, cinched waist and a layered skirt with a dramatic train and thigh-high split.
The US actress and producer completed her look with $1,800 rhinestone-encrusted silver platform stiletto sandals by Italian designer Rene Caovilla, and a diamond necklace and earring set by Piaget.
Chastain picked up the “Best International Actress” award at the event, and was hailed by Saab on Instagram.
“Congratulations to the beautiful @jessicachastain for winning the best actress award at the Golden Camera Awards ceremony in Berlin,” wrote @eliesaabworld, alongside a photo of Chastain in the gown.
The actress also shared a selfie from the event on her Instagram account, captioning the shot: “Sprichst du Deutsch? (Do you speak German?).” The image received over 191,000 likes on the platform, where Chastain has 2.1 million followers.
The Golden Globe-winner’s love affair with Saab’s designs goes back several years. She wore a blue outfit by the Arab couturier at the “Zero Dark Thirty” premiere in Hollywood in 2012, and donned a lilac one-shouldered Saab gown for the “Foxcatcher” screening at the Cannes Film Festival in 2014.
Chastain also wowed critics in a “waterfall blue” embroidered gown from Saab’s spring 2018 collection at the premiere of “Molly’s Game” in Amsterdam in 2017.
The actress, who has two Academy Award nominations for “The Help” and “Zero Dark Thirty,” began her career in TV with roles in “ER” and “Veronica Mars.” She has also starred in “Interstellar,” “Dark Phoenix,” “A Most Violent Year” and “Crimson Peak.”


Egypt announces ‘major discoveries’ at Saqqara archaeological site

Updated 17 January 2021

Egypt announces ‘major discoveries’ at Saqqara archaeological site

  • Egyptian archaeologist says discoveries will rewrite history of region

CAIRO: An Egyptian archaeological mission working in the Saqqara area near the pyramids of Giza in Egypt has discovered dozens of archeological finds, including a Pharaonic funerary temple.

The Egyptian Supreme Council of Antiquities announced that the discoveries —  made by the joint mission between the council and the Zahi Hawass Center of Egyptology — include wooden wells and coffins from the New Kingdom, dating back to 3000 B.C.

Mostafa Waziri, secretary-general of the council, said that the discoveries are located at the Saqqara necropolis, near the pyramid where King Teti, the first king of the Sixth Dynasty of the Old Kingdom, who ruled Egypt between 2323 and 2291 B.C., is buried.

Zahi Hawass, Egyptian archaeologist and head of the mission, said that these discoveries will rewrite the history of the region, especially during the 18th and 19th Dynasties of the New Kingdom, during which time King Teti was worshiped.

Hawass said that the mission found the funerary temple of Queen Nearit, wife of King Teti, part of which was uncovered in the years prior to the mission, as well as three mud-brick warehouses on the southeastern side, used to store offerings and tools that were involved in a revival of the queen’s creed.

The mission also discovered 52 wells, ranging in depths between 10 to 12 meters and containing more than 50 wooden coffins from the New Kingdom era. This is the first time that coffins dating back to 3000 B.C. have been found in the Saqqara area.

The surfaces of the coffins depict various scenes involving the gods who were worshipped during this period, in addition to texts from the Book of the Dead that help the deceased pass on to the other world.

Inside the wells, the mission found numerous artifacts, such as statues of the deity Ptah, as well as a four-meter-long papyrus, representing chapter 17 from the Book of the Dead, with the name of its owner recorded on it. The same name was found on four statues.

Other finds included a set of wooden masks; games for the deceased to play in the other world, one of which is similar to chess; and statues and a shrine of Anubis, the god of death.

The mission also discovered a bronze ax, indicating that its owner was one of the leaders of the army in the New Kingdom era, and paintings inscribed with scenes of the deceased and his wife and hieroglyphic writings.

A large amount of pottery dating back to the New Kingdom was found, including pottery establishing trade relations between Egypt and Crete, as well as Syria and Palestine.

Hawass explained that this discovery confirms that the Saqqara antiquities area was not used for burial during the Late Period only, but also in the New Kingdom.

The mission studied the mummy of a woman who was found to be suffering from a disease known as Mediterranean fever or swine fever, which comes from direct contact with an animal and leads to a liver abscess.

Hawass asserted that the archeological discovery is one of the most significant ones of this year and will make Saqqara an important tourist and cultural destination. It will rewrite the history of Saqqara in the era of the New Kingdom and will confirm the importance of the worship of King Teti during the 19th Dynasty.