Jordanian film Theeb among nominees for British Academy Film Awards

Ahram Online , Friday 8 Jan 2016

Theeb will compete for two awards: an 'Outstanding debut by a British writer, director or producer' and 'Best Film not in the English Language'

(Photo: still from Theeb)

The British Academy Film Awards announced its list of nominees with winners to be revealed on 14 February 2016.

The debut feature Theeb by Jordanian Naji Abu Nowar is among the films nominated for an 'Outstanding debut by a British writer, director or producer' (Naji Abu Nowar and Rupert Lloyd) and 'Best Film not in the English Language'.

Theeb tells the story of a young boy who accompanies his brother, an English soldier and his guide to a well near the newly established train tracks for his mission.

The storyline involving continuous travels on camels through the desert allows for cinematography by Wolfgang Thaler to pay a tribute to the beauty of the Jordanian landscape.

Theeb has screened across many major festival and won several awards. At Venice Film Festival Theeb brought Abo Nawar the New Horizons Award for Best Director and the Abu Dhabi Film Festival it won Best Film from the Arab World, FIPRESCI Prize for Best Narrative Feature. Adding to its many awards the film also won the Main Award - The Belgrade Victor - and the Award for Best Script at the 43rd Belgrade International Film Festival (FEST).

The film was screened in Egypt during the Cairo International Film Festival in November 2014, as part of the Prospects of Arab Cinema Programme. It won Jury Prize for Best Cinematography and Artistic Direction.

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