An Abu Dhabi new feature film proved to be successful at the Venice International Film Festival

This is Saudi Arabian writer and director Shahad Ameen's debut film
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An Abu Dhabi new feature film proved to be successful at the Venice International Film Festival

Image Nation Abu Dhabi's feature film, Scales, recently had its world premiere at the Venice International Film Festival and it was a sold-out show - that being enough proof of how well it did. The film was a part of the renowned Critics' Week Competition.

The film, Scales, is Saudi writer-director Shahad Ameen's first and so far best.

The feature film explores the evovling role of women in society throught the story of a young girl who chose to define her own destiny and go against her village's backward tradition of sacrificing female children to a mysterious creature living in the sea. The movie was shot in Oman, where the sea and rocky environment created a dystopian, black and white landscape, adding to the storyline and mood of the film.

Shahad Ameen spoke about her film and said, “The story of Scales is an allegorical retelling of experiences that I and many other women around the world have lived through. Although it is set in a timeless, dystopian landscape, the film addresses contemporary themes through magical realism, and takes a poetic approach to storytelling that is defined by metaphor and symbolism.

"Creating Scales was a collaborative and inspiring process. I am deeply grateful to the talented cast and crew, and to partners like Image Nation who supported me in bringing my vision to life.”

Venice International Film Festival is the world's oldest film festival and serves as a testing ground for future award-winning films. Scales was selected as one of the seven films that would be shown as part of the Critics' Week Competition, after it made its way through a competitive submissions process.

Scales stars Basima Hajjar as Hayat, alongside Ashraf Barhom (Coriolanus, Clash of the Titans, The Kingdom), Yagoub Alfarhan (Ekhtraq, Bedoon Filter, Love Without Limits) and Fatima Al Taei (star of Image Nation’s courtroom drama Justice). The film was produced by Paul Miller and Stephen Strachan of Abu Dhabi-based Film Solutions and Rula Nasser of Imaginarium Films, with executive producers Mohamed Al-Daradji and Majid Al-Ansari.