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​Edouard Waintrop on why he has taken the role as artistic director of Saudi’s Red Sea

​Edouard Waintrop on why he has taken the role as artistic director of Saudi’s Red Sea

“I feel if you open the door, you need to step inside.”

Edouard Waintrop has taken over from Saudi director Mahmoud Sabbagh as the artistic director of the first Red Sea International Film Festival (Rsiff), due to take place November 11 to 20 in Jeddah in Saudi Arabia.

Sabbagh stepped down in July 2020 after the planned first edition in spring 2020 was cancelled due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Waintrop oversaw seven editions of Cannes parallel section Directors’ Fortnight from 2011 to 2018, having previously spent five years running Switzerland’s International Film Festival of Fribourg, which is known for the diversity of its selection and focus on Asia,

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