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Winner of the Lion of the Future Award for best Debut Feature at the Venice Film Festival, YOU WILL DIE AT TWENTY is a visually sumptuous “coming-of-death” fable. During her son’s naming ceremony, a Sheikh predicts that Sakina’s child will die at the age of 20. Haunted by this prophecy, Sakina becomes overly protective of her son Muzamil, who grows up knowing about his fate. As Muzamil escapes Sakina’s ever-watchful eye, he encounters friends, ideas and challenges that make him question his destiny. Sudan’s first Oscar submission, YOU WILL DIE AT TWENTY is an auspicious debut and a moving meditation on what it means to live in the present.

Sudan's Official Submission to the Academy Awards

NYT Critic’s Pick “Alala deepens this simple, fable-like premise into a lyrical confrontation with the certitudes of faith and the life-giving powers of doubt.” – Devika Girish, New York Times

“Abu Alala's ardent attention to daily details, rooted in political and cultural history, offers a powerful symbolic vision of the tormented and violent legacy of dogmatism and dictatorship.” – Richard Brody, New Yorker

“A vibrant and transfixing revelation, ‘You Will Die at 20’ is as novel a vision as we may see this year. From its meaningful ideas on the here and the hereafter, its lesson for Muzamil is that after perishing a rebirth may follow.” – Carlos Aguilar, Los Angeles Times

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    103 minutes
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    Area Premiere Run
  • Director
    Amjad Abu Alala
  • Cast
    Islam Mubarak, Mustafa Shehata, Moatasem Rashed, Bonna Khalid, Talal Afifi