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The King Abdulaziz Center for World Culture (Ithra) is revealing two new films as part of its participation at the Saudi Pavilion, which is hosted by the Saudi Film Commission, at the 74th edition of the Festival de Cannes 2021. Celebrated Egyptian screenwriter and producer Mohamed Hefzy will introduce his Ithra-commissioned film Sea of Sands (working title) alongside the unveiling of Saudi award-winning independent filmmaker Khalid Fahad’s Valley Road. The move forms part of Ithra’s strategic commitment to nurture and develop talent across the Kingdom’s creative industries.

Produced under the Ithra Film Productions banner, Sea of Sands and Valley Road are both scheduled for release in 2023. Ithra confirms that the cast and crew for both films will consist of aspiring Saudi talent, thus nurturing a new generation of film creatives. They follow the successful international release of the experimental 2018 film Joud, an unconventional meditation on the cycle of life, Ithra’s first commissioned film.

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