BY John fenster
Front Row Filmed Entertainment, a Dubai-based distributor, has acquired distribution rights for the MENA region for the Saudi drama "Norah.
"Norah" is a debut feature film by Saudi director Tawfik Alzaidi, set in 1990s Saudi Arabia during a time of strict conservatism and art censorship.
The film follows a young illiterate orphan, played by Maria Bahrawi, who lives in a remote village.
She meets Nader, an artist played by Yaqoub Alfarhan, who has quit painting and become a schoolteacher in the village.
The "Norah" script won a top prize in the Saudi Film Commission's Daw Film Competition, which supports Saudi film production and emerging filmmakers.
The film is produced by Alzaidi and U.S. producer Paul Miller, along with Jordanian producer Sharif Majali.
Scales" was Saudi's submission for the Oscars in 2020. They collaborated with Saudi production companies Black Sugar Pictures and Nebras Films.
"Norah" premiered at Saudi Arabia's Red Sea Film Festival after TwentyOne Entertainment acquired global rights to the film.