Saudi Arabia nominates ‘The Tambour of Retribution’ to represent the Kingdom at the Oscars

The feature film has already been shown at a number of festivals and won several awards

  
An Oscar statue stands along the red carpet arrivals area in preparation for the 92nd Academy Awards in Los Angeles, California, U.S., February 8, 2020.

An Oscar statue stands along the red carpet arrivals area in preparation for the 92nd Academy Awards in Los Angeles, California, U.S., February 8, 2020.

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RIYADH: Saudi Arabia has chosen the film “The Tambour of Retribution” to represent the Kingdom in the Best International Film category at the Oscars.

The feature film was chosen by the Saudi Film Commission, and was nominated by the Saudi Academy Awards Committee.

The film will compete with films from around the world, and will pass through several screening stages, before the initial and then final list is announced by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. The winner will be announced at the 94th Oscars that will be held at the Dolby Theater in Los Angeles on March 27.

The film was shown for the first time at the Cairo Film Festival and won the Special Jury Award. It was also shown at the Malmo Arab Film Festival in Sweden and won the Best Director Award. The film also won Best Feature Film at the Saudi Film Festival.

“I am happy and proud to represent Saudi Arabia in the Oscar race for the best international film category,” said the director of the film, Abdulaziz Al-Shelahi.

“Great films have preceded us, more films will follow, and Saudi cinema, with the ambitions of its producers, will reach the biggest forums,” he added.

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