You Will Die at Twenty 12A

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This film was last shown on 18 November 2021

Told with a fable-like quality, You Will Die at Twenty tells the story of Muzamil, a young man raised to believe that an event at his birth has condemned him to die at the age of twenty.

Delicately composed and sensitive, this is the directorial debut of Sudanese filmmaker Amjad Abu Alala. Lovingly told with bold visual storytelling, the film depicts an isolated Sudanese village where superstition has a powerful hold over its people. Exploring how such news weaves endless grief throughout a family, You Will Die at Twenty is a remarkable and compelling film, notably winning its director the Lion of the Future award for Best First Feature Film.

Amjad Abu Alala
1 hour 42 minutes
Islam Mubarak, Mahmoud Alsarraj, Moatasem Rashed


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