WADJDA – Haifaa Al Mansour 2012
ART CINEMA AWARD – Venice 2012
Synopsis: A story set in Saudi Arabia and focused on the experiences of a young girl who challenges her country’s traditions.
The Jury’s verdict: WADJDA is an original first feature film from a country which has little to zero film production. Far from being an obstacle, these difficulties grant the film with more bravery and audacity. WADJDA gives a powerful insight into an unknown world, womens’ world, in a country which observes the Sharia law. But the film is interesting enough to overcome the cultural and social background and delivers a simple and well told universal story. Masterfully shot and well interpreted, Wadjda announces the surprising coming of Saudi Arabian cinema in the art film scene.
- Tanja Milicic (Cinema Valli and Pula Film Festival, HR)
- Francesco Clerici (Writer, Barz and Hippo Project, IT)
- Jon Barrenechea (General Director of Duke of York’s Picturehouse, Brighton, UK)