The Saudi Film Authority announced the nomination of the feature film “Lady of the Sea” to officially represent Saudi Arabia in the next Oscars for the Best International Film category, which was nominated by a specialized committee.
The film will compete with nominated films from the rest of the world, and it will go through several stages of screening before the final list is announced that will be chosen by the American Academy of Sciences and Arts, which awards the Oscars. The winner will be announced at the 93rd edition, which will be held on April 25, 2021.
“Lady of the Sea”, directed by Shahd Amin, was shown for the first time at the prestigious Venice Film Festival and won the Verona award for creative expression. It was also shown in other international festivals, in addition to being shown inside the Kingdom in commercial cinemas. The film tells – in an aesthetic visual template – the story of a girl who seeks to confront a popular legend who controls her destiny.
Regarding her film being nominated to represent Saudi Arabia in the Oscars, Amin said, “This exceeded my best expectations, especially as an Arab director,” adding that she created “Lady of the Sea” to be fun. It is expected by many to be a catalyst for dialogue about the roles of women in society and the Arab world.