Tunisian award-winning actress Hend Sabri is one of the biggest names in Arab cinema. The actress was recently awarded the Starlight Cinema Award at the 2019 Venice International Film Festival, where she was also a member of the jury for debut films. This marked as a special moment for Sabri, as she became the first Arab women to receive the prestigious award.
Sabri, who is famed for her scene-stealing red carpet looks, was praised for her sartorial nod to Arab designers when she walked Venice Film Festival’s closing ceremony sporting a one-shoulder black gown by Lebanese couturiers Azzi & Osta.
Only two days later, the Tunisian actress opted for another elegant creation by Beirut-based Azzi & Osta at the premiere of her new arthouse film Noura’s Dream during the 44th Toronto International Film Festival. The ruffled pants and cape sleeves, combined with a classic combination of black and white, made her outfit no less than a statement piece.
Despite having launched the brand only eight years ago, the design duo, who met during previous tenures at Lebanese House Elie Saab, has amassed a number of A-list clients, including Nadine Labaki, Beyoncé, Eva Longoria, Marion Cotillard, and Léa Seydoux.
Noura’s Dream is Hinde Boujemaa debut feature film. While it’s uncommon for a superstar like Sabry to work with a first-timer, the actress explains to Variety, “There is this very small Tunisian film “Noura Dreams” by a first-time director. A project that I did for the pleasure and the fun of it. I am one of the few Arab actresses who can hop from commercial to arthouse.”
The film aims to discover the struggles of a single mother through Noura’s character, which is played by Sabri. Noura tries to lead a new and happy life with her lover Lassaad, but when her abusive husband is released from jail early, she finds herself in a complex crisis.