The film will be released in Saudi Arabia on November 9 via Front Row Arabia.
MENA-based distributor Front Row Filmed Entertainment and Saudi-based production company Al Sarid Films have launched the trailer and artwork of Within Sand, the first Saudi film to be shot in NEOM, the country’s new mega city.
The film is set to be released wide across Saudi cinemas on November 9, 2023 via Front Row Arabia, the joint-venture between Front Row Filmed Entertainment and Saudi exhibitor Muvi Cinemas.
Backed by the Saudi Film Commission, NEOM and Al Sarid Films, Within Sand is written and directed by first time filmmaker Moe Alatawi, and produced by Reem Alatawi and Jana Dahlawi. It features an all-Saudi cast led by Ra’ed Alshammari, Adwa Fahd, Muhand Alsaleh, Fatima Alsharif and Obaid Alwadaani.
The film narrates the story of Snam, a 23-year-old tobacco merchant who breaks away from his trading convoy in order to get home quickly to his village, where his wife is about to have their first child. Now traveling alone, he’s ambushed by thieves who leave him for dead. His journey becomes a quest to survive, with the added threat of a wolf dogging his footsteps. Tormented by his memories, he struggles to hold on to his sanity in the vast and lonely wilderness.
To make it as authentic as possible, the filmmaker actually had a real-life wolf on set.
Following its Saudi release, the film will be released in select territories across the Middle-East.