Saudi director Mahmoud Sabbagh announces new film during RSIFF  

DUBAI: Saudi director and producer Mahmoud Sabbagh revealed this week at Saudi Arabia’s Red Sea International Film Festival that he is working on his third film, “Last Party in Rumah Desert,” in a conversation with The Hollywood Reporter.   

Sabbagh is the filmmaker behind the 2016 film “Barakah Meets Barakah,” which was the second Saudi title to be submitted for Oscars consideration.   


The movie is produced by Jeddah-based indie label El-Housh Productions established by Sabbagh. (Getty Images)

“Last Party in Rumah Desert,” which comes six years after Sabbagh’s feature “Amra and the Second Marriage,” is set in contemporary Saudi Arabia. 

The film centers on a cash-driven local impresario who wanders through nightlife venues and the entertainment circuit with his music troupe in their struggle to stay afloat amid professional strife. 

The movie, produced by Jeddah-based indie label El-Housh Productions established by Sabbagh, stars actors Abdullah Albarrak, Sami Hanafi, Radwan Jifri and singer Marwa Salem.  

Shooting is now underway in the desert area between Jeddah and Riyadh. 

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