‘Scales’ Trailer: Saudi Arabian Feminist Fable Tells a Dystopian Horror Story in Black and White

‘Scales’ Trailer: Saudi Arabian Feminist Fable Tells a Dystopian Horror Story in Black and White
A dystopian landscape, a curse, a dark family tradition, and mermaids: These are just a few of the foreboding elements that make up Shahad Ameen’s Saudi Arabian feminist fable “Scales,” which represented the country in the 2021 Best International Feature Academy Awards race. After making a splash at the Venice Film Festival in 2019, where it was honored with the Verona Award in the Critics’ Week section and dubbed the lineup’s most innovative film, the film is now reading for a stateside release.

Here’s the official synopsis: “‘Scales’ is a visually stunning feminist parable set in a dystopian landscape. It follows the story of a strong-willed young girl, Hayat, whose poor fishing village is governed by a dark tradition: every family must give one daughter to the mermaid-like sea creatures who inhabit the waters, to ensure the village can continue their fishing expeditions. When Hayat’s father refuses, the girl becomes a pariah,
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