The film is the work of Saudi Arabian writer and Director Shahad Ameen and follows her award-winning short "Eye & Mermaid", which premiered at Dubai International Film Festival in 2013.
A fantasy film by Image Nation is set-to-have its world premiere at the Venice Film Festival this August.
Sadiyat Al Bahr (or Scales in English), by Abu Dhabis Image Nation, narrates the story of Hayat, a young girl living in a village with a tradition of sacrificing female children to mysterious creatures in the sea.
When her time to be sacrificed comes, she rejects this dystopian reality and decides to forge her own path.
The film is the work of Saudi Arabian writer and Director Shahad Ameen, and follows her award-winning short Eye & Mermaid, which premiered at Dubai International Film Festival in 2013.
Shot on location in Oman, Scales is an Arab arthouse film exploring the changing role of women in society through the lens of fantasy. It is set to premiere next month as part of Venice Critics’ Week competition.
Image Nation has called the film a great milestone for Arab cinema. Scales tells a visceral story about growing up as a woman in a patriarchal society, offering an allegorical take on a universal theme that will resonate with audiences around the world, Ameen said in a press statement.
This nuanced, artistic project embraces films power to address important subjects like freedom and belonging, Ben Ross, Chief Content Officer at Image Nation said in a press statement.
Scales is part of Image Nations efforts to expand our slate to encompass more intriguing, speciality films alongside our more commercial projects. We foresee that Scales will be well-received on the festival circuit. This is a film that brings profound insights into contemporary culture. We hope that it will bring further recognition of the regions growing maturity and sophistication.