Two DFI-funded films nominated for Oscars

 16 Jan 2016 - 1:25

Two DFI-funded films nominated for Oscars
Still shot from Theeb

 

By Raynald C Rivera

DOHA: Two films produced by Doha Film Institute (DFI) have made it to the Oscars nominations list. Theeb and Mustang are part of the nominations in the Best Foreign Language Film category. 
Jordanian film “Theeb” and French film “Mustang” were on Thursday announced as being among the five nominees in the category alongside “Son of Saul” (Hungary), “Embrace the Serpent” (Colombia) and “A War” (Denmark). 
Directed by Jordanian filmmaker Naji Abu Nowar, Theeb was selected for a post-production grant by the DFI through its MENA Grants Programme in 2013. 
The critically-acclaimed film is the only one from the Middle East to make it as a finalist among submissions from 81 countries.
The nomination for the DFI-funded films comes only a few days after Theeb was nominated at the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) awards in two categories including Best Film Not in the English Language and Outstanding Debut by British Writer, Director or Producer.
Since its release at international film festivals in August 2014, Theeb has been screened in 25 countries and won 18 awards. Most recently, the film had a commercial release in the US and garnered more than $136,000 in ticket sales within five weeks. 
It was also released in 12 countries in the Arab region and Europe and is set to have a limited re-release in several Arab countries, coinciding with the Oscars race.
Set in the Arabian Desert of 1916, the film follows Theeb, a young Bedouin boy, and his brother Hussein as they leave the safety of their tribe to venture on a treacherous journey at the dawn of the Great Revolt.
Mustang, which was directed by Turkish-French filmmaker Deniz Gamze Ergüven, was a recipient of the Fall 2014 DFI grants programme. It was screened as part of the Directors’ Fortnight at last year’s Cannes Film Festival. The film is set in a tiny village in northern Turkey and tells the story of five young sisters born in a family obsessed with virtue and their spectacular attempt to break free after being innocently embroiled in a scandal. 

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