Art Alert: Award-winning film ‘You Will Die at Twenty’ to screen in Cairo

Ahram Online , Monday 7 Oct 2019

Most recently the film won El Gouna Golden Star for Narrative Film in the Feature Narrative Competition of El Gouna Film Festival

You Will Die at Twenty
ou Will Die At Twenty (photo: film still, courtesy of the Doha Film Institute Twitter page)

Directed by Amjad Abu Alala, the film ‘You Will Die at Twenty’ will be screened at the Artistic Creativity Centre on Thursday 10 October.

Most recently, the film won the Golden Star for Best Narrative Film at the Gouna Film Festival. The film also made headlines at the Berlin International Film Festival 2017, where it participated in the Berlinale Co-Production Market. It then won the Luigi De Laurentiis Award at the Venice Film Festival (2019).

‘You Will Die at Twenty’ is a drama film directed by Amjad Abu Alala and produced by Hossam Elouan’s Transit Films company. The story is set in a Sudanese village in the 1960s, where Sufi beliefs are central to the villagers’ lives, and which follows the life of young protagonist Muzamel, after a prophecy determines that he will die at the age of 20.

Sudanese filmmaker Abu Alala was born in raised in the UAE and studied media at the United Arab Emirates University. Abu Alala previously directed and produced a number of short films, some of which took part in film festivals, including Coffee and Orange (2004), Feathers of the Birds (2005), Tina (2009), and His Studio (2012).

He is currently head of the programming committee of the Sudan Independent Film Festival. Transit Films is a Cairo-based production company established by producer Hossam Elouan, which specialises in the production of Egyptian and Arab art-house films.

The Cairo screening of the film is part of the monthly African Cinema Club, organised by the Luxor African Film Festival in collaboration with the Cultural Development Fund Sector.

Thursday 10 October, 6pm
Artistic Creativity Center, Cairo Opera House grounds, Zamalek, Cairo.

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