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Sudanese drama ‘You Will Die At Twenty’ wins top award at Egypt’s El Gouna Film Festival

Festival chief Intishal Al Tamimi says El Gouna Film Festival has built solid foundations.

Sudanese drama You Will Die At Twenty has scooped the top prize at the third edition of Egypt’s El Gouna Film Festival, the $50,000 El Gouna Golden Star for narrative film. The festival ran in the Red Sea resort from September 17-27.

The debut feature of Dubai-born Sudanese filmmaker Amjad Abu Alala is a contemporary drama about a young man raised to believe that will die at the age of 20-years-old.

You Will Die At Twenty world premiered in Venice where it won the Lion of
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Egypt’s El Gouna Film Festival Puts Arab Helmers at Center Stage

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The upbeat state of Arab cinema will be on the screen and in the balmy air at Egypt’s El Gouna Film Festival (Sept. 19-27), which is steadily gaining traction in its stated ambition to become a key platform and solid driver for Middle-East producers.

“This year was one the best for Arab cinema,” says Intishal Al Timimi, artistic director of the event held in a Red Sea resort. As evidence, he points out that each one of the five Arab films he selected for his 15-title main competition lineup is by a first-time director, and three are by women.

“It shows that young Arab filmmakers are thriving,” Al Timimi says.

Now at its third edition, El Gouna has, since its inception, aimed to combine a cream-of-the-crop lineup offering the finest and freshest global and Arabic offerings alongside its CineGouna market component, which nurtures projects, in either development or post,
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The Girl with a Bracelet | 2019 Locarno Film Festival Review

Murder was the Case That They Gave Her: Demoustier Delivers a Chilly Courtroom Thriller

While it’s far from the first film to examine the popular, “how well can someone really know another person” rhetorical question, Stéphane Demoustier gets a lot of uncomfortable mileage out of such musings with his third feature The Girl with a Bracelet. Casting his sister, noted actress Anaïs Demoustier, as an unrelenting prosecutor, the result is an engrossing Gallic remake of Argentinean Gonzalo Tobal’s 2018 The Accused, which competed in the Venice Film Festival (and has yet to secure Us distribution). Not unlike the lurid elements which turned the Amanda Knox trial into a global media frenzy back in 2007, a surprising amount of jealousy and sexuality lurks beneath the façade of normalcy between two teen girls which makes for gripping melodrama in an oft-acrimonious courtroom drama.…
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