Saudi’s ‘Scales’ and Lebanon’s ‘All This Victory’ wins

Published: 8 September 2019 - 7:31 a.m.
By: Nikhil Pereira

Scales a film by Saudi Arabia's Shahad Ameen won the Verona Film Club Award at the Venice Film Festival.

The independently run Venice section is dedicated to first works and the award honoured Ameen's film that is based on Arabic folklore about a young woman named Hayat who rebels against the tradition in her fishing village of sacrificing female children to monstrous mermaids lurking in the sea.

Meanwhile, Ahmad Ghossein's Lebanese war drama All This Victory, that's set in 2006 in his country, won big at the Venice Critics’ Week section, which is also dedicated to first works.

The film tracks the journey of a young man named Marwan who during a ceasefire goes in search of his father who refused to leave his Southern village, while his wife Rana is preparing papers for their immigration to Canada.

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