YOU WILL DIE AT TWENTY
Sudanese director Amjad Abu Alala's daring and visually stunning feature debut follows Muzamil (played first by Moatasem Rashid, then as a teen by Mustafa Shehata), a young man who lives in the shadow of impending death after having been prophesied during his naming ceremony as a newborn to die at the age of 20. Simultaneously a coming-of-age tale and coming-of-death fable, YOU WILL DIE AT TWENTY explores the liminal space in which Muzamil's mother Sakina (Islam Mubark) must mourn her son before his death, while he begins to learn what it means to be alive, just as death seems only a few steps away. As Muzamil becomes increasingly curious about life outside the confines of his own home, the overprotective Sakina relents and allows her son to study the Quran with the other children his age. In this newfound freedom, Muzamil finds friends, enemies, love and anger, all the while seeking a sense of the present and a chance to hope for the future. Winner, Luigi De Laurentiis Award, 2019 Venice Film Festival; Best Screenplay, 2019 Carthage Film Festival. Official Selection, 2019 Toronto and Busan film festivals; 2020 Palm Springs and Rotterdam film festivals. DIR/SCR Amjad Abu Alala; SCR Yousef Ibrahim; PROD Arnaud Dommerc, Michael Henrichs, Ingrid Lill Høgtun. Sudan/France/Egypt/Germany/Norway/Qatar, 2019, color, 103 min. In Arabic with English subtitles. NOT RATED
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