Catch an indie film at Wadi Cinema, a pop-up experience at Diriyah Biennale

Grab a bag of popcorn and enjoy alternative films at Riyadh’s first of its kind cinema, to be launched on December 16…

The coolest kid on the cinema scene has come through with a new pop-up concept at the Diriyah Biennale in Jax District from December 16 to March 11, 2022.

Wadi Cinema is bringing its edge to Riyadh’s Jax District, transforming it into a fantastic fusion of contemporary and decadent cinema. It is also uniquely situated at the Kingdom’s first Biennale, overlooking Wadi Hanifa.

But don’t expect the latest Hollywood blockbusters. Instead, settle in for a curated mix of independent feature films from filmmakers throughout the MENA region and the world.

Wadi Cinema

The new film screening space will also host panels for directors, actors, and critics to highlight the art of filmmaking in its various forms and discuss the context of production in the Arab world.

If you are a cinephile, don’t miss the chance to learn more about how art and cinema are interwoven and turn a film into a classic that can stand the test of time.

Wadi Cinema is a collaboration between home-grown premium entertainment brand Muvi Cinemas and Saudi Arabia’s most prolific production and finance company, Telfaz11.

Speaking about the launch, Sultan AlHokair, Muvi CEO, commented, “The best way to experience cinema is in a theatre, where audiences can break away from their everyday lives to watch a filmmaker’s vision come to life. When we partnered with Telfaz11, we wanted to find unique and innovative ways to bring the experience of independent and critically acclaimed films from renowned film festivals to audiences throughout the Kingdom.”

Telfaz CEO Alaa Fadan added, “We are keen to promote and encourage dialogue between the local film community and give independent Saudi filmmakers a voice and opportunity to showcase their work and cement it in the booming local cinema industry.”

Get cosy in a seat and be spoilt for choice with an array of indie films that run the gamut. And while you’re there, you can check out the Diriyah Biennale, where 63 artists’ works are being showcased. Out of which, 27 are local artists, presenting a diverse range of art from paintings to installations and performances.

Wadi Cinema, Diriyah Biennale, Jax District, 2598 Muhammad Ibn Rashid Al Uraini, Al Diriyah, Al Jadidah, 7120, Riyadh 13732, Dec 16, 2021 to Mar 11, 2022. Biennale.org.sa

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