Shahad Ameen is following in Haifaa Al-Mansour’s footsteps. “Scales” has been named as Saudi Arabia’s decide for the Worldwide Function Movie class on the 2021 Academy Awards, Deadline reports. Al-Mansour’s “Wadjda” made historical past as the primary movie the nation submitted within the class, then generally known as Greatest International Language Movie, in 2013.
Written by Ameen, “Scales” “explores the altering function of ladies in society by way of the allegorical, magical-realist story of Hayat, a younger woman who refuses to be sacrificed to mysterious sea creatures by her village,” the supply particulars.
The black-and-white movie was shot in Oman, and made its world premiere at Venice Movie Competition.
“I’ve at all times wished to discover the Gulf area and its assorted cultures and tales. I additionally wished to inform a narrative that’s set in a magical world but offers with actual points,” Ameen informed us. “I chanced on the story of the traditional Syrian goddess Atargatis, a robust mermaid who turned my inspiration. It led me to the concept unbiased ladies get solid away in conventional societies. After exploring this theme in my quick movie [‘Eye & Mermaid’], I expanded upon it [in ‘Scales’], inspecting the function of ladies in society, and what occurs when ladies select to embrace totally different roles.”
The submissions deadline for the Worldwide Oscar class has now handed. Different women-directed titles within the race embody Naomi Kawase’s “True Moms” and Melina León’s “Music With out a Title.” The previous, submitted by Japan, is the story of two moms on a collision course and the latter, submitted by Peru, relies on a real story and facilities on little one trafficking.
Oscar nominations will likely be introduced March 15, and the ceremony is slated to happen April 25.