April 21, 2024

While introducing the Middle East and North Africa premiere of John Woo’s “Silent Night” at the Red Sea Film Festival, actor Joel Kinnaman emphasized the rare opportunity to have “everyone in the world watching the same film.” The actor is referring to the fact that Woo’s first U.S. film in 20 years features no language — no spoken language, that is — and so needs no subtitles.

The characters in the revenge thriller have not a single line of dialogue throughout the film, with the only snippets of speech coming from diegetic music, a few brief radio broadcasts and phone messages.

Speaking with Variety in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, the Swede said he had a suspicion early on that the film was going to translate in a way that “no other film does.”

“I grew up watching subtitled films but there is always a nuance in the language that gets lost. You can still get the experience but some of the nuance is amiss. [In ‘Silent Night’] this doesn’t happen. You are watching the same movie as everyone else as it is told visually.” Because of this ease of reach, the star said he felt the film would be more important internationally than in the U.S.

Kinnaman is in Jeddah not only to promote his latest film, but also as part of the Red Sea Film Festival Competition jury, alongside president Baz Luhrmann and fellow actors Freida Pinto, Amina Khalil and Paz Vega. “It’s been interesting,” he said of the experience. “We just started our jury duties, but getting to sit down to watch these films so intensely from a region where I had only watched the odd film has been amazing.”

“To have conversations with the incredible jury members, talking film with Baz Luhrmann and Freida Pinto and hearing their input on the movies… I learned so much,” the actor concluded, adding that he finds the rapid development of the Saudi film industry “exciting.”

“I think this cultural intermingling is incredibly important for the whole region and the world. There are people in the West who still don’t quite realize that and don’t want to associate [with the region] until things are perfect. I think that is such a backwards way of looking at things and it’s a lack of vision, not understanding the impact of the Middle East in general and what is happening here.”

The actor was recently scheduled to shoot his first feature in Saudi Arabia, Neill Blomkamp’s alien abduction thriller “They Found Us.” The film, which was in its pre-production stage, was set to take place in the sprawling Saudi region of Neom but was paused back in October for a rework of the project’s finance structure. Hollywood productions have already began making the trek towards Saudi, with Rupert Wyatt’s “Desert Warrior,” starring Anthony Mackie and Ben Kingsley shot in Neom, and Gerard Butler action vehicle “Kandahar” entirely filmed in AlUla.

“It’s clear that the efforts that are being made are genuine,” Kinnaman said of the country’s burgeoning film industry. “They have resources to build studios and create opportunities for international projects to come here. Of course they are going to need education locally to create a base that these bigger productions can draw from because when you have a big project you have to bring all the crew from outside and it becomes more expensive.”

When asked if one could expect to see him in Saudi more often in the near future, the actor was categorical: “I would not be surprised. I would not be surprised at all.”

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