Egyptian-Austrian director Abu Bakr Shawky and the producer Dina Emam-Press Photo
Egyptian-Austrian director Abu Bakr Shawky and the producer Dina Emam-Press Photo

Photopia to host talk with 'Yomeddine’s' director

Wed, Jun. 20, 2018
CAIRO – 20 June 2018: Photopia, a hub for Egypt’s photographers, will host a talk with the director of the Cannes-nominated film “Yomeddine”, Abu Bakr Shawky, on June 27 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

During the event, some scenes from the film, which has not screened in Egypt yet, will be displayed, followed by a discussion with Shawky and a Q&A session with audiences.
The film recently premiered at Cannes Film Festival to compete for the Palme D’Or award.

The tragic comedy “Yomeddine”(Day of Judgment) revolves around a leprosy patient who escapes from the hospital along with one of his friends in order to search for his family. “Yomeddine” is directed by Egyptian-Austrian director Abu Bakr Shawky, who became the first Egyptian to be invited to the main competition of Cannes Film Festival.

The first Egyptian movie participating in Cannes Film Festival’s main competition managed to grab the attention of all those who watched it. International media platforms were keen to put the spotlight on “Yomeddine”, writing extremely positive reviews about the movie that presents an innovative mixture of tragedy, comedy, and condensed shots of emotions and sentiments.

“A man who has recovered from leprosy goes in search of the father who abandoned him in a sentimental drama that infantilizes its lead character,” wrote Peter Bradshaw in The Guardian.

“Recalling about a thousand other titles, with the Lynch films ‘The Elephant Man’ and ‘The Straight Story’ definitely near the top of the list, this is a picaresque road movie about two mismatched characters, with rookie director A.B. Shawky offering a motley and not entirely smooth cocktail of drama and melodrama, a dash of social critique and insight, some chuckles and a few tugs at the heartstrings, mainly by virtue of its near-virtuoso score,” wrote Boyd van Hoeij in The Hollywood Reporter.

“A lovingly made, character-driven road movie that occasionally dips into sentimentality, yet has moments that honestly play on the heartstrings,” wrote Jay Weissberg in Variety.
 
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