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Yomeddine movie review: Critics Review, Rating, Cast and Crew

Yomeddine movie review is here. The 2018 Egyptian drama directed by Abu Bakr Shawky was selected to compete for the Palme d'Or at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival. Featuring Rady Gamal and Ahmed Abdelhafiz, Yomeddine is releasing in India on August 23, 2019 through PVR cinemas in association with In2Infotainment, Kahwa films and Vkaao. Here is the review of Yomeddine ? nominated for the Palme d'Or at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival.

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Can a story featuring a real outcast ? a leper who still lives in a leper colony travels all roads and gain universal appeal?.Constantly hum a sweet violin on humanity and acceptance?. Gift us something that constantly reminds us on our sinful practices of discrimination amongst humans?. Abu Bakr Shawky?s Yomeddine does that and how!

The Story of Yomeddine

Beshay (Rady Gamal) a man cured of leprosy, has never left the leper colony in the Egyptian
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‘The Fall Of The American Empire’, ‘Yomeddine’ Among Weekend’s Few Limited Releases – Specialty B.O. Preview

Relatively few new limited releases are launching against the likes of Rocketman and Godzilla this weekend. Sony Pictures Classics is rolling out The Fall Of The American Empire, from French-Canadian filmmaker Denys Arcand and starring Alexandre Landry, in New York and Los Angeles, and after more than a decade of very limited screenings at a few film festivals, British filmmaker Gerald Fox’s doc Leaving Home, Coming Home: A Portrait of Robert Frank is finally getting a regular theatrical release. Indie Rights is heading out with satirical comedy Loners in Los Angeles, and Strand Releasing is launching Cannes 2018 title Yomeddine by Abu Bakr Sawky in New York.

Among other limited release titles headed to theaters this weekend are Mouthpiece from Crucial Things and First Generation Films, and Dogwoof’s For The Birds and Vertical Entertainment’s Rich Boy, Rich Girl.

The Fall Of the American Empire

Director-writer: Denys Arcand

Cast: Alexandre Landry,
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Yomeddine takes top prize at Arab Cinema Awards by Amber Wilkinson - 2019-05-27 15:53:39

Yomeddine was named Best Film at the Arab Cinema Awards Photo: Desert Highway Pictures The Arab Cinema Centre announced the winners of its third Annual Critics Awards at a fringe event in Cannes last week.

Egyptian director Abu Bakr Shawky won the award for Best Film for his directorial debut Yomeddine, which tells the story of a quirky road trip by a cured leper and a young orphan who stows away on his donkey cart. The Best director award went to Nadine Labaki's much-garlanded Lebanese film Capernaum, about a child who rebels against the life imposed on him.

The Best Documentary award went to Talal Derki, who embedded himself in a radical Islamic family to make Of Fathers And Sons.

Moroccan film Sofia was a double winner, taking home the Best Screenplay award for Meryem Benm'Barek and Maha Alemi named Best Actress for her role in the film that
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'Yomeddine', 'Capernaum' scoop top prizes at Arab cinema Critics Awards

'Yomeddine', 'Capernaum' scoop top prizes at Arab cinema Critics Awards
Both titles premiered at Cannes 2018.

Egyptian director A. B. Shawky’s road movie Yomeddine, about a leper who travels across Egypt in a bid to reconnect with his long-lost family, has scooped best film at the Arab cinema Critics Awards.

The film won the François Chalais Award and went onto tour a slew of festivals, winning the top prize in Tunisia’s Carthage Film Festival, following its premiere in Competition in Cannes last year.

Lebanese filmmaker Nadine Labaki won best director for her 2018 Cannes jury prize winner Capernaum, about the plight of a young refugee boy living in the slums of Beirut.
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Top Gulf companies team up for 'game-changing' film and TV partnership

Image Nation Abu Dhabi, Majid Al Futtaim and Mbc Studios have announced a new alliance.

Top Gulf companies Image Nation Abu Dhabi, Majid Al Futtaim and Mbc Studios have announced a new alliance pooling their resources and expertise on film and TV projects across the Middle East, with a focus on Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Egypt.

The first two productions to be supported under the new partnership will be vampire family drama Three Four Eternity, produced by Egyptian producer Mohamed Hefzy, and Hwjn, an adaption of the best-selling book by Arabic sci-fi pioneer Ibraheem Abbas, combining folklore and fantasy.
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Cannes: Image Nation, Mbc Studios, Vox Cinemas Forge Production Partnership

  • Variety
Production company Image Nation Abu Dhabi, exhibitor Vox Cinemas and broadcaster Mbc have entered a production partnership that “in essence creates a fully integrated studio” for Middle East film and TV projects, said Mbc Studios managing director Peter Smith.

The alliance between the trio of Middle East heavyweights, unveiled Wednesday in Cannes, is focused on the nascent Saudi Arabia market, but also the UAE and Egypt, which now cumulatively form a regional audience “well in excess of 100 million people,” said Image Nation CEO Michael Garin.

Image Nation is already the leading regional producer, the company behind landmark Abu Dhabi-set legal drama “Justice,” which plays on Netflix, and this year’s Oscar-winning doc, “Free Solo.” Vox operates 400 Middle East screens, while Mbc is the top Arabic free-tv broadcaster and also runs a streaming service.

In Cannes, the trio announced two feature film projects: a “vampire family drama” titled “Three Four Eternity,
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‘Hello Brother,’ Film Based on New Zealand Mosque Shootings, in the Works (Exclusive)

  • Variety
‘Hello Brother,’ Film Based on New Zealand Mosque Shootings, in the Works (Exclusive)
Moez Masoud will helm “Hello Brother,” a movie about the deadly terror attacks on two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand.

The film will follow a family facing death and destruction in Afghanistan who escape with their lives. Their story meshes with that of the recent attacks by a 28-year-old white supremacist on the Al Noor Mosque and Linwood Islamic center. The shootings claimed the lives of 51 worshipers and were partly live-streamed on social media. The title of the project is based upon the words of the gunman as he entered the first mosque.

Masoud is a producer, Cambridge scholar and noted public speaker. His movie, “Clash,” was the opening film in Cannes’ Un Certain Regard in 2016.

“In Christchurch, on March 15, the world witnessed an unspeakable crime against humanity,” Masoud said. “The story that ‘Hello Brother’ will bring to audiences is just one step in the healing process, so that we
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Cannes: Time in Portrait Snags China Rights to Three Films in Competition (Exclusive)

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Cannes: Time in Portrait Snags China Rights to Three Films in Competition (Exclusive)
Chinese distributor Time in Portrait has snagged China rights to three Cannes Competition titles even before they were chosen to gun for the Palme d’Or: Ken Loach’s “Sorry We Missed You,” Arnaud Desplechin’s “Oh Mercy!” and Elia Suleiman’s “It Must Be Heaven.” The company boarded the films last year when the projects were still at the script stage. France’s Wild Bunch handled the sales.

It’s the second year in a row that Beijing-based Time in Portrait has nabbed China rights to a number of films ahead of their selection to compete in Cannes. Last year, it bought Lee Chang-dong’s “Burning,” Matteo Garrone’s “Dogman,” Eva Husson’s “Girls of the Sun” and Abu Bakr Shawky’s “Yomeddine.”

“We buy some films every year from Cannes, a festival that we attach a lot of importance to,” Time in Portrait general manager Sally Yihua Li told Variety.
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‘American Woman’ Trailer: Sienna Miller Goes on a Decade-Long Journey in Crime Drama

‘American Woman’ Trailer: Sienna Miller Goes on a Decade-Long Journey in Crime Drama
One part whodunnit, one part character drama, Jake Scott’s “American Woman” follows its eponymous leading lady over the course of a decade, one marked by heartbreak and a terrible crime. The film premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival last fall, where Miller’s performance earned her some of the best reviews of her career yet.

The film picks up as Miller’s Deb Callahan approaches her mid-thirties in a poor Rust Belt town, mixed up in a life that’s already been marred by some terrible choices. Deb is barely holding things together, from her thankless job as a supermarket cashier to her ill-advised romance with a local married man, and her teenage daughter Bridget (Sky Ferreira) seems doomed to repeat her mom’s mistakes. As the two Callahan women try to carve out a better life for Bridget’s own baby, tragedy strikes when Bridget goes missing.
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‘Yomeddine’ Trailer: Outcasts Hit the Road in Search of Family in Cannes-Selected Egyptian Dramedy

‘Yomeddine’ Trailer: Outcasts Hit the Road in Search of Family in Cannes-Selected Egyptian Dramedy
Egyptian-Austrian filmmaker A.B. Shawky makes his feature directorial debut with “Yomeddine,” an underdog story about an outsider who sets out to make sense of the world that refuses to accept him as he is. The film had its world premiere in competition at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival, and was the official Egyptian entry for foreign language film consideration at the 91st Academy Awards.

Acquired by Strand Releasing (all North American rights), “Yomeddine” is now set to open later this month in New York and Los Angeles.

The film’s plot follows Beshay — a man cured of leprosy — who has never left the leper colony in the Egyptian desert where he has lived since childhood. Following the death of his wife, he decides to go in search of his roots and confront the world, with his modest possessions strapped to a donkey cart and a traveling companion named Obama, an outcast
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New Us Trailer for Egyptian Film 'Yomeddine' Directed by A.B. Shawky

"Let's go find our family." Strand Releasing has debuted an official Us trailer for the Egyptian indie drama Yomeddine, from Egyptian-Austrian filmmaker A.B. Shawky making his feature directorial debut. This little film premiered in-competition at the Cannes Film Festival last year, and it's a buddy road trip comedy from Egypt about a couple of misfits who venture out into the world hoping to find a bit of hospitality and maybe a family. Rady Gamal stars as Beshay, a man cured of leprosy who has never left the leper colony in the Egyptian desert where he has lived since childhood. The small cast includes Ahmed Abdelhafiz, Osama Abdallah, Mohamed Abdel Azim, and Shahira Fahmy. This soulful story is full of heart and joy, despite their circumstances, and it is indeed a "life-affirming" and "cheerful" film worthy of discovering. Here's the official Us trailer (+ poster) for A.B. Shawky's Yomeddine, direct from
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Cannes Lineup Announcement: How to Watch

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Cannes Lineup Announcement: How to Watch
The 72nd Cannes Film Festival is announcing the films chosen for “official selection” — including those competing for the event’s coveted Palme d’Or prize — in a press conference Thursday starting at 11 a.m. in Paris.

The livestream of the press conference is available here. (Please note that the broadcast seldom starts on time.)

Last year, Cannes artistic director Thierry Frémaux surprised many by selecting fewer of the older, established auteurs than expected, in order to make room for rising talents, including a debut film from an emerging Egyptian director (“Yomeddine”); cutting-edge queer cinema (“Knife + Heart”); a batch of strong Asian entries; and three films made by women.

What will this year’s edition hold? This much we already know: The festival will open with Jim Jarmusch’s zombie satire “The Dead Don’t Die,” with Bill Murray, Chloe Sevigny, and Adam Driver, as Variety exclusively revealed. Elton John biopic
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The Arab Cinema Center (Acc) announced that the Arab Cinema Personality of The Year award…

The Arab Cinema Center (Acc) announced that the Arab Cinema Personality of The Year award, presented by The Hollywood Reporter, is awarded to Screenwriter and Producer Mohamed Hefzy. Hefzywill receive his award during this year’s Berlin International Film Festival (Berlinale), where the Acc is also celebrating its five year anniversary.

In 2018, Mohamed Hefzy was appointed as the President of the 40th Cairo International Film Festival(Ciff), becoming the youngest to ever be appointed for this post. He was also selected as a jury member of the Horizons (Orizzonti) section at the 75th Venice International Film Festival. Hefzy produces films that receives critical and audience acclaim, such as Yomeddine, which world premiered at the Cannes Film Festival and was Egypt’s official submission to the Academy Award for Best Foreign-Language Film.

The film marked the third time in a row that a film produced by Hefzy gets submitted to the
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A.B. Shawky on Casting Egypt’s Foreign Oscar Contender ‘Yomeddine’ In a Leper Colony

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A.B. Shawky on Casting Egypt’s Foreign Oscar Contender ‘Yomeddine’ In a Leper Colony
It took a long journey before Egyptian-Austrian director Abu Bakr Shawky managed to bring his unconventional road movie “Yomeddine,” which is Egypt’s candidate for the foreign-language Oscar, to the big screen.

This ultimately uplifting drama in which a middle-aged man raised in a leper colony embarks with a sidekick and a donkey on a journey across Egypt to try to reconnect with his family was tough to finance and shoot. But Shawky and producer Dina Emam’s efforts paid off handsomely in May when “Yomeddine” world-premiered in competition at the Cannes Film Festival, a rare case of a first feature making the fest’s official competition cut. Shawky, who is an NYU Film School graduate and the recipient of Variety’s Mena Talent of the Year Award, spoke to Variety during the Cairo Film Festival about the impressive progression of his unique labor of love and how he chose,
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‘Diane,’ ‘All Good,’ ‘Chambermaid’ Compete at Marrakech Film Festival

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‘Diane,’ ‘All Good,’ ‘Chambermaid’ Compete at Marrakech Film Festival
Kent Jones’ “Diane,” Eva Trobisch’s “All Good” and Lila Aviles’ “The Chambermaid” are among the 14 features competing at the revamped Marrakech Film Festival, which opened Friday and runs to Dec. 8.

“Diane,” which world premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival and won three awards, stars Mary Kay Place (“The Big Chill”) as a mother desperately trying to bond with her son, who suffers from drug addiction. The movie was executive produced by Martin Scorsese.

“All Good,” Trobisch’s debut, revolves around a young woman who is raped but refuses to be a victim. The movie was a standout at Locarno, where it won the first-feature competition.

The Chambermaid,” from Mexican theater actress-turned-helmer Aviles, premiered in Toronto’s Discovery section and won two awards at the Morelia Film Festival. The movie portrays Eve, a young chambermaid working at Mexico City’s classy Hotel Presidente Internacional. Trobisch and Aviles’ pics are among
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‘Gurrumul’, ‘Mary Magdalene’ win at the APSAs


Director Paul Williams and producer Shannon Swan’s portrait of the late blind Indigenous musician Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu, Gurrumul, won Best Documentary Feature Film at the Asia Pacific Screen Awards (Apsa) in Brisbane last night.

It was the first time an Australian film has won in the category, with Gurrumul beating out Amal, Of Fathers and Sons (Syrian Arab Republic, Lebanon, Qatar, Germany), Of Love & Law (Japan, UK, France) and Up Down & Sideways

Accepting the award together with Williams, Swan described the moment as bittersweet knowing that Gurrumul wasn’t there to share in it.

“To G, thank you so much for inviting us into your life and trusting us with your story,” he said.

Gurrumul also won Feature Documentary of the Year at last week’s Screen Producers Australia Awards, and is also nominated for five awards at next week’s AACTAs, including for Best Feature Documentary alongside Mountain,
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Revamped Marrakech film festival announces line-up, jury, honorary awards

Revamped Marrakech film festival announces line-up, jury, honorary awards
Festival to kick off with Julian Schnabel’s At Eternity’s Gate.

The Marrakech International Film Festival (Nov 30-Dec 8) has revealed its 2018 line-up, jury and honorary awards.

The Moroccan festival has been running since 2001, but took a year off in 2017 to “reflect on its editorial line”.

The competition line-up features 14 films from first or second-time directors. Six of the films competing for the Marrakech Etoile d’Or (or the Gold Star) are directed by women. Among the line-up is Sudabeh Mortezai’s Joy, Kent Jones’ Diane and Eva Trobisch’s All Good.

The festival opens with a gala screening of
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How the Film School Director of ‘Yomeddine’ Turned 2 Illiterate Amateurs Into Actors

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A version of this story about “Yomeddine” first appeared in the Foreign Language Issue of TheWrap’s Oscar magazine.

A rare debut film to be accepted into the Cannes Film Festival’s main competition, A.B. Shawky’s road movie “Yomeddine” follows a man searching for the family who left him in a leper colony decades ago, and the young boy who accompanies him on his trip.

The film is Egypt’s entry in this year’s Oscar foreign-language race, and this interview is one in a series of conversations TheWrap had with directors of the foreign contenders.

Also Read: 'Yomeddine' Film Review: First Time's a Charmer for Egyptian Drama

This film began as a short documentary that you made in film school, right?

A. B. Shawky: Yes, I made it 10 years ago at undergraduate film school in Cairo. I’d heard about leper colonies when I was a kid,
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‘Wife’ and ‘Widow’ Win Kolkata Festival Prizes

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‘Wife’ and ‘Widow’ Win Kolkata Festival Prizes
Ash Mayfair’s Vietnamese film “The Third Wife” won best film at the 24th Kolkata international film festival’s international competition on Saturday. Mayfair’s debut feature previously won awards at Toronto, San Sebastian and Chicago. Mayfair was present to collect her award, presented by actress Tabu (“Life of Pi”) and filmmaker Shoojit Sircar.

Kolkata’s international competition is known for its generous prize money. Mayfair took home $71,000 for her win. Egyptian/Austrian filmmaker Abu Bakr Shawky won best director and a purse of $30,000 for “Yomeddine.” India’s Churni Ganguly won a jury special mention in the international competition for “A Timeline”, alongside Hungary’s Arpad Bogdan for “Genesis.”

Praveen Morchhale’s “Widow of Silence” won best film in Kolkata’s Indian competition. The film had its world premiere at Busan in October. Arijit Biswas won best director for “Sun Goes Around The Earth.”

Ritu Sarin and Tenzing Sonam’s
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Cairo Film Festival Undergoes Radical Revamp

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The Cairo Film Festival, for its 40th edition, is reinventing itself.

With Egyptian producer Mohamed Hefzy at the helm who, at 43, is its youngest president, the oldest fest in the Arab and African worlds is undergoing a radical revamp in a major effort to get its mojo back after a decade of decline due to the country’s post-revolution turbulence.

Hefzy, who is known internationally for the steady stream of edgy top notch titles birthed by his Film Clinic shingle — most recently Cannes standout “Yomeddine,” which is Egypt’s current candidate for the foreign-language Oscar — is the first Cairo fest chief chosen from within the country’s film industry ranks. Since being appointed in March he has been working incessantly in tandem with respected critic and academic Youssef Sherif Rizkalla, who remains the fest’s artistic director.

Eight months later, the signs of renewal are visible. Starting from a reconfiguration
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