Saudi director wins award at Madrid film festival

Saudi director wins award at Madrid film festival
A scene from the film “Wake Me Up.”
Updated 18 July 2017

Saudi director wins award at Madrid film festival

Saudi director wins award at Madrid film festival

DAMMAM: Saudi director Reem Al-Bayat won an award for her film “Wake Me Up” in the Best Director of a Short Foreign Language Film category at the Madrid International Film Festival.
The film revolves around a woman, Salam, who is experiencing a mid-life crisis. As she tries to revive her artistic hobby, she feels judged by society, and a sense of guilt.
Ibrahim Al-Hasawi, Samar Al-Bayat and Ahd Kamel also appear in “Wake Me Up.”
The film premiered last year at the Dubai International Film Festival as part of its Muhr Gulf Short category, which features compelling films that reflect life in the Gulf. The program aims to foster the growth of regional talent and place Arab cinema in the international spotlight.
“Wake Me Up” has been by Enjaaz, the Dubai Film Market’s support program that provides post-production financial support to Arab filmmakers.