The Sudanese film was scheduled to have its MENA premiere during the sixth edition of the El-Gouna Film Festival (12 to 20 October), prior to the festival's postponement 'in light of the distressing situation in Gaza'.
Goodbye Julia was released across almost 20 cinemas on 25 October, and reportedly the film brought in EGP 169,000 ($5,000) on its first night in Egypt.
The film is accompanied by subtitles in both Arabic and English.
Sudan's choice for the Oscar's Foreign Language Film Award (2024), Goodbye Julia had its world premiere at Cannes Film Festival, where it was nominated for the Un Certain Regard Award and the Golden Camera Award, and was awarded the Freedom Prize.
Directed by Mohamed Kordofani, 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.