Tue, 22 Feb|
You Will Die at Twenty (12A) at South Hill Park
Warmed by compassion and gorgeous, dreamy imagery THE GUARDIAN
Time & Location
22 Feb 2022, 19:00
Bracknell, South Hill Park Arts Centre, Ringmead, Bracknell RG12 7PA, UK
About the Event
Directed by Amjad Abu Alala | Drama | Arabic | 103 mins | Sudan/Fr/Egy/Ger/Nor/Qat | 2019
Based on Sudanese writer Hammour Ziada’s short story, Sleeping at the Foot of the Mountain, You Will Die at Twenty follows the life of Muzamil from birth until his 20th birthday. At Muzamil’s initiation ceremony, a sheik prophesises that he will meet an early death at the age of twenty. Transfixed by his grim fate, his mother, Sakina becomes overprotective and forbids his education.
Muzamil becomes increasingly isolated, but his life changes when he meets a Sudanese cinematographer, who imparts his passion for cinema and existential ideas to the curious teenager. A conflict grows within Muzamil between his traditional values and newfound modern aspirations. Will he have the time to act out his desires?
Sudan’s first submission for the Oscars, is a wide-ranging coming-of-age drama. Filled with gorgeous imagery, director 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.
Radiant Sudanese coming-of-age tale – OBSERVER