Directed by Amjad Abu Alala • 2019 • Sudan
Starring Mustafa Shehata, Islam Mubarak, Mahmoud Elsarraj
Winner of the Lion of the Future Award for best debut film at the Venice Film Festival, Amjad Abu Alala’s revelatory first feature is a visually sumptuous coming-of-death fable. During a child’s naming ceremony, a sheikh predicts that Muzamil (Mustafa Shehata) will die at the age of twenty. Haunted by this prophecy, his mother (Islam Mubarak) becomes fiercely protective of him. As Muzamil escapes his mother’s ever-watchful eye, however, he encounters friends, ideas, and challenges that cause him to question his destiny. Sudan’s first-ever Oscar submission, YOU WILL DIE AT TWENTY is a moving reflection on what it means to live in the present from a captivating new cinematic voice.