Sudan nominates Goodbye Julia for Oscar's Best Foreign Language Film

Ahram Online , Friday 29 Sep 2023

The Sudanese film Goodbye Julia has been nominated to the Oscar's Foreign Language Film Award Committee, which will select films to compete in the 96th Academy Awards (2024).

Goodbye Julia

Mohamed Kordofani's Khartoum-set drama, Goodbye Julia was the first-ever Sudanese film to screen at the Cannes International Film Festival's Un Certain Regard.

At Cannes, the film was awarded the Freedom Prize and was also nominated for the Un Certain Regard Award and the Golden Camera Award.

The film has been screened at a number of festivals. It will have its MENA premiere during the sixth edition of the El-Gouna Film Festival (12 to 20 October) at the Red Sea resort town of El Gouna, Egypt.

Goodbye Julia is a drama that tells the story of Mona, a retired singer from northern Sudan trapped in an unhappy marriage. Mona is wracked with guilt after covering up a murder, and to make amends she takes in a widow named Julia, who hails from South Sudan, along with her son Daniel. 

The film stars Eiman Yousif, Siran Riak, Nazar Goma and Ger Duany.

This is the second time in Sudan's history to submit a film to the Oscars nomination committee. In 2021 Sudan chose the drama You Will Die at Twenty by Amjad Abu Alala as its first-ever Sudanese contender for the Academy Awards.

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