You Will Die at 20

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    You Will Die at 20

    Directed by

    Sudan, France, Egypt, Germany, Norway, Qatar

    2019

    103 min

    • Arabic

    Drama

    Sudan, province of Aljazira, the present. Shortly after Muzamil was born, a prophecy by the holy man of the village predicts that he will die at age 20. Muzamil's father cannot stand the curse and leaves home. Sakina raises her son as a single mother, overly protective. One day, Muzamil turns 19.

    Awards

    • Lion of the Future "Luigi De Laurentiis" Venice Award for a Debut Film, Casa Wabi Mantarraya Award - Giornate degli Autori
    • El Gouna Golden Star for Narrative Film

    Festivals

    Labels & Line Ups

    Credits

    Cast
    Mustafa Shehata
    Islam Mubarak
    Mahmoud Elsaraj
    Bunna Khalid
    Talal Afifi
    Amal Mustafa
    Moatasem Rashid
    Asjad Mohamed
    Screenplay
    Amjad Abu Alala
    Yousef Ibrahim
    Cinematography
    Sébastien Goepfert
    Editing
    Heba Othman
    Music
    Amine Bouhafa

    Director's Statement

    Muzamil is just one of us, like many of us when we sometimes get stuck in society's roles! Stuck in a box that we are not supposed to get out of and smell the air! The story portrays so much grief and pain in those communities that are drowning in ignorance, believing in imposters' supersti- tions. Muzamil has spent his lifetime paying the price for everyone around him just believing in nothingness, to the extent that he has embraced the idea of his own death. My film is an invitation to freedom. Nothing and no one should ever tell you: Muzamil, this is your destiny, it's written in stone and you should stick to it. You need to run, kid!

    Production
    ANDOLFI
    Production
    TRANSIT FILMS
    Production
    DUOFILM
    Production
    DIE GESELLSCHAFT DGS
    Sales
    PYRAMIDE INTERNATIONAL
    Amjad Abu Alala

    Amjad Abu Alala

    Sudan

    I wanted to go to my roots. Central Sudan, the city Madani is where my mother and father are from. And although I was born in Dubai, I spent five years there. The villages all the time we’d go there for weddings and such. I thought if I would make this film I wanted to go to places I know and I love.

    Amjad Abu Al Ala is a Sudanese filmmaker who studied media at UAE University and has directed documentaries and fiction films in the UAE. As a producer and a director, he has helmed several short films that have screened at film festivals. His filmography includes: TEENA, COFFEE AND ORANGES, FEATHERS OF THE BIRDS and STUDIO, which was supervised by Abbas Kiarostami. In 2013 he won the Best Arabic Play award from the Arab Authority for “Apple Pies”. He currently heads the Programming Committee in the Sudan Independent Film Festival and is Sudan’s representative at the Arab Film Institute. His latest film YOU WILL DIE AT 20 (2019) was selected for the Giornate degli Autori.

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