Magazine article Screen International

Oscars: 'Barakah Meets Barakah' Second Ever Saudi Foreign Language Entry

Magazine article Screen International

Oscars: 'Barakah Meets Barakah' Second Ever Saudi Foreign Language Entry

Article excerpt

Barakah Meets Barakah, the debut feature of Saudi writer-director Mahmoud Sabbagh, is to become the second ever Foreign Language Academy Award entry for Saudi Arabia.

The film follows Haifaa Al Mansour's Wadjda, which was Saudi Arabia's first official entry for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film in 2013.

Barakah Meets Barakah received its world premiere at the Berlinale in February where ScreenDaily's review praised the film's "humour of clever restraint" and called lead actress Fatima Al Banawi, "radiant, playful, and contentious...a revelation".

The candid love story was filmed in Jeddah and stars Hisham Fageeh and Fatima Al Banawi as young would-be couple Barakah and Bibi.

In a society where meeting in public unchaperoned is prohibited and physical contact is verboten, Barakah and Bibi find themselves in a near-impossible situation just trying to have a first date. …

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