Bahrain film nominated for IWC award
Dubai, December 8, 2013
For the second consecutive year, a Nooran Pictures’ feature film, ‘Siege' directed by young Bahraini filmmaker Hussein Al Riffaei has been nominated for the IWC Filmmaker Award.
Al Riffaei’s feature film, ‘Siege,’ is amongst four shortlisted projects from the region in the line-up for the $100,000 prize for the IWC Filmmaker Award.
Written by the established Bahraini author, AmeenSaleh, Siege, is the second feature film to be produced by Nooran Pictures, who launched their first feature film project, The Sleeping Tree in 2013 under the direction of Mohammed RashedBuali.
The other shortlisted films are Saudi director FaizaAmbah’s ‘A Reverence for Spiders;’ Waleed Al Shehhi’s ‘Dolphins,’ written by UAE author Ahmed Salmeen; and Kuwaiti writer and director, ZeyadAlhusaini’s ‘How I Got There.’
In 2012, Swiss luxury watchmaker IWC had teamed up with Dubai International Film Festival (Diff) to launch the 'IWC Filmmaker Award' to support Gulf filmmakers, and the production of a feature-length fiction film with an award that offers a cash prize of $100,000 to help the winner transfer their vision to the screen.
Al Riffaei’s feature-length directorial debut ‘Siege,’ is a nail-biting drama that sees a young girl alone in a house as sinister events unfold in the streets outside. Left to her own devices, she must decide where to run and whom to trust, relying only on her own wits as society deteriorates around her.
Commenting on the nomination, Al Riffaei said: "The cooperative support of DIFF and Swiss luxury watch manufacturer, IWC Schaffhausen, is a tremendous support for filmmaking in the Gulf region. It recognises the importance of the cinema and visual image for storytelling as well as the importance of Gulf voices in world cultural discourse."
"I am very pleased that Siege was nominated and shortlisted for the IWC Filmmaker Award and feel honoured that the jury is made up of such exceptional talent and headed by the superb Cate Blanchett. The continued representation and success of Bahrain in the shortlist for the second year in a row is a reinforcement of local talent and the contributions which we can make on the world stage," he added
The shortlisting and recognition of Siege was welcomed by the script’s author, AmeenSaleh, who added, ‘The film is about the real siege of innocence by external forces and the effect this has on a 13-year-old girl who simply does not understand the changing surroundings. Seen from the perspective of this bewildered child, disorder and violence take on a different dimension.’-TradeArabia News Service