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Directed by Agustí Villaronga, Born a King (2019) tells the extraordinary true story of 13-year-old Faisal, the younger son of the first King of Saudi Arabia, who in 1919 is sent on a diplomatic mission to secure the formation of his country. In the frenetic post-WWI atmosphere, Faisal becomes the first Saudi royal to visit the UK on a politically precarious trip lasting five months. In London, he negotiates with some of the preeminent figures of the age, including Lord Curzon and Winston Churchill, while forming a friendship with Princess Mary who helps guide him through the corridors of power.

A coming-of-age story, the film chronicles the beginning of Faisal’s diplomatic career and ambitions. Faisal ultimately became the hugely popular king of Saudi Arabia (1964-1975), implementing modernization and reform.

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  • Runtime
    103 minutes
  • Director
    Agustí Villaronga