Amira to represent Jordan at the 2022 Oscars | Culture & Society
Ammon news – Jordan nominated the narrative feature film “Amira”, by Mohamed Diab, as the official entry for the 94th Academy Awards (Oscar) to compete in the International Feature Film category.
Based on the recommendations of an independent committee made up of Jordanian experts involved in the field of writing and the audiovisual scene, the committee chose this feature film shot entirely in Jordan in 2019 and co-produced by Jordan, the Egypt and Palestine. The nine-member independent committee was formed by the Royal Film Commission – Jordan (RFC), as the country’s official Oscar submission body. The RFC announced last September an open call for nominations for narrative feature films to be nominated for the Oscars, organized the process and compiled the nominations.
The cast includes Jordanian star Saba Mubarak, emerging Jordanian actress Tara Abboud, who plays “Amira”, Jordanian actor Suhaib Nashawan as well as Palestinian actors Ali Suliman, Waleed Zuaiter and Kais Nashif.
While the film was shot in Amman and Salt, the majority of the crew was made up of Jordanians with around 128 people, who worked in the different departments and two local entities were involved in the production.
“Amira” had its world premiere at the 78th Venice International Film Festival where it won the “Lanterna Magica” collateral prize awarded by the jury of Cinecircoli Giovanili Socioculturali (CGS) and the “Enrico Fulchignoni” prize. The film also received a Special Mention at the Carthage Film Festival (JCC) and participated in the El Gouna Film Festival, the Palestine Film Days, the Chicago International Film Festival and the Montpellier Mediterranean Film Festival.
Regarding the selection of the film, a statement from the committee said: “” Amira “is a powerful examination of identity and humanity seen through the eyes of a young girl in search of herself . Mohamed Diab’s masterful directing absorbs the viewer through the nuances of the conflict interior so beautifully portrayed by its incredible cast, principally: Tara Abboud, Saba Mubarak and Ali Suliman. It is a daring film at its best. “
The Academy of Cinema Arts and Sciences will announce the films shortlisted for the 2022 Oscar on December 21, while the nominated films will be announced on February 8 next year. The 94th Academy Awards will take place on March 27, 2022.
With this selection, Jordan had presented, in recent years, a total of six films for the same category: “Captain Abu Raed” by Amin Matalqa, “Cherkess” by Mohyeddin Qandour, “Theeb” by Naji Abu Nowar, “3000 Nights “by Mai Masri,” 200 meters “by Ameen Nayfeh. The Kingdom was last nominated in 2016 for” Theeb “by Naji Abu Nowar. Another Jordanian short -” Baheya and Mahmoud “by Zaid Abu Hamdan – had also made its way into qualifying for the Oscar nomination in 2012.