Berlin: Oscar Nominee 'Theeb' Sells to China, France

Jordan: 'Theeb,' Naji Abu Nowar

The only African feature in the running this year, Theeb, which won the best director honor for Naji Abu Nowar at the Venice film festival in 2014, has drawn comparisons with Lawrence of Arabia. Shot in the vast sandstone valley of Wadi Rum, the drama is set in 1916 and tells the story of a  Bedouin boy struggling for survival in the midst of WWI as Ottoman forces fight to keep a grip on a crumbling empire.
 

Directed by Naji Abu Nowar, the film won a BAFTA award on Sunday night for outstanding debut by a British writer, director or producer.

Fortissimo Films has closed sales on foreign-language Oscar-nominated Jordanian drama Theeb across most of Europe and Asia.

Directed by Naji Abu Nowar, the film won a BAFTA on Sunday night for outstanding debut by a British writer, director or producer. It previously claimed the best director Orrizonti prize at the Venice Film Festival in 2014.

Theeb sold at EFM in Berlin to JIFF Distribution (Australia), Rialto Distribution (New Zealand), Lemon Tree (China), Neo Films (Greece), Jour 2 Fete (France), Entermode (Korea) and Edko (Hong Kong).

Set in 1916, the pic tells the story of an orphaned Bedouin boy who embarks on a treacherous journey across the Arabian desert.

Theeb was previously released by New Wave Films (U.K.), Film Movement (U.S.), Cinemien (Benelux) and AS Fidalgo Film Distribution (Norway).