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Halle Berry Wears Tulle Gown to 2023 Red Sea International Film Festival — and Brings Van Hunt as Her Dapper Date!

Berry shines in the gold brocade gown

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Halle Berry

Halle Berry is beaming in Saudi Arabia!

On Thursday evening, the X-Men actress, 57, attended the closing ceremony of the 2023 Red Sea International Film Festival in Jeddah.

While posing for pictures on the red carpet, Berry wore a black silk tulle gown with black and gold brocade embroidery. The stunning dress is from the Elie Saab Haute Couture autumn/winter 2023 collection.

<p>Tim P. Whitby/Getty</p> Halle Berry, Red Sea International Film Festival 2023

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Halle Berry, Red Sea International Film Festival 2023

Berry was joined by her boyfriend Van Hunt, who offered his support. He also posed for photos with Berry on the red carpet.

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The Oscar winner also previously spoke at a masterclass during the event, opening up about launching her own production company HalleHolly with former WME partner Holly Jeter, per Deadline. She also explained how a new idea came to her during the flight to Jeddah.

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“Finally on the plane coming here I saw a story, I saw what’s in my heart, and realized what I wanted to share," she said, wearing a gold pantsuit for the event.

“It’s a love story at its core, but it deals with the supernatural and time travel and the future. It’s taken me the last few years to figure this out,” Berry continued.

<p>Daniele Venturelli/Getty Images</p> Halle Berry, December 2023

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Halle Berry, December 2023

She made her directorial debut in the 2020 Netflix film Bruised. The A-lister also starred in the movie as a retired down-and-out MMA fighter getting back into the sport.

"I was told a long time ago that if you're going to direct a story and be a filmmaker, especially your first movie, you best make it about something that you love and something you intrinsically understand," the actress-turned-director told PEOPLE at the film’s premiere. "And I love the fight game. I understand this world and I understand what it is to be a woman fighting to survive."

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Berry continues to explore her talents both in front of and behind the camera with her upcoming film, Maude v Maude, in which she teams up with Angelina Jolie to co-star in and co-produce the spy thriller.

Speaking to Variety at the Red Sea Film Festival, the John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum star told the outlet that she and Jolie, 48, “had a rocky start” working on the Warner Bros. project.

Albert L. Ortega/WireImage Halle Berry and Angelina Jolie
Albert L. Ortega/WireImage Halle Berry and Angelina Jolie

“I think that is going to serve us well in our screen time together,” Berry said of the film where she battles the Mr. & Mrs. Smith actress “physically and intellectually” on the big screen.

Thankfully, the leading ladies were able to work past their issues.

“We’ve been talking a lot about divorces and exes. We bonded, let’s say that,” Berry shared.

“Warner Bros. bought our screenplay and, for us, it is about going places that have never been shown on screen before,” Berry told Variety, which reported that she was in Saudi Arabia in part to scout for locations to shoot Maude v Maude. “We plan on going all around the world,” she said.

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