Jordanian film 'Theeb' nominated for an Oscar
Jan 15, London: A Jordanian film ‘Theeb’, which is about a young Bedouin boy during the first World War, has been nominated for an Oscar Award.
If the coming-of-age desert drama, which was funded by film organisations in the UAE, Qatar, Jordan and the UK, wins at the ceremony on February 28, it will become the first Arab film to receive an Oscar, news reports said.
Theeb is nominated for the best Foreign Language film, and will contend with Colombia's Embrace of the Serpent, France's Mustang, Hungary's Son of Saul and Denmark's A War.
Set in 1916 in the Ottoman province of Hijaz, the Jordanian picture follows the journey of Theeb, who guides a British officer to a secret destination.
It is Jordan's second submission in the foreign-language race. Its director, Naji Abu Nowar, grew up in the UK and Jordan.
The film previously won Best Director at the Venice International Film Festival.
It is also nominated for two British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) awards: "The Best film not on the English language" and "Outstanding debut by British writer, director or producer".
Several other commentators celebrated the nomination on social media, including the queen of Jordan, Rania Al-Abdullah.
Of the four acting categories including leading or supporting roles, there are no non-white contenders.
The Oslo Times