Film Clinic Screens You Will Die at Twenty at the Venice and Toronto International Film Festivals
Producer and Screenwriter Mohamed Hefzy's Film Clinic will attend the world premiere of its latest co-production, You Will Die at Twenty by Sudanese director Amjad Abu Alala, at the Venice Days section of the 76th Venice International Film Festival (August 28-September 7). The film will also take part in the Toronto International Film Festival (September 5-15).
Inspired by Sudanese writer Hammour Ziada's short story Sleeping at the Foot of the Mountain, You Will Die at Twenty is set in Al Jazirah state, where Muzamil is born in a Sudanese village dominated by Sufi beliefs. When a prophecy by the holy man of the village predicts that he will die at the age of 20, Muzamil grows up surrounded by looks of sympathy that make him feel dead before his time, until Suliman, a cinematographer who has worked in the city, returns to the village. Suliman's old cinema projector opens a window onto a whole new world for Muzamil. His personality starts to change with Suliman's presence, and slowly he comes to doubt the truth of the prophecy.
You Will Die at Twenty is the seventh feature film in the history of Sudan and the feature debut of Sudanese director and screenwriter Amjad Abu Alala. Co-written by Abu Alala and Youssef Ibrahim, the film stars Mustafa Shehata, Islam Mubark, Mahmoud Elsaraj, Bunna Khalid and Talal Afifi. You Will Die at Twenty is co-produced by Film Clinic, Hossam Elouan's Transit Films, Andolfi, DUOFilm AS, Die Gesellschaft DGS, and Station Films Cinema Production co. Ltd.
Marking its second production screening at this year's edition of the festival, Film Clinic will also screen its feature film Certified Mail by Egyptian director Hisham Saqr, starring Egyptian actress Basma, at the Toronto International Film Festival within its Discovery programme.
Film Clinic was founded in 2005 by renowned Producer and Screenwriter Mohamed Hefzy as a production company that offers screenwriting workshops and specializes in producing feature and documentary films. While targeting all types of audiences in the Egyptian, Arab and international markets, Film Clinic is known for supporting young talented filmmakers, making innovative films as a creative alternative to commercial films in the Arab film industry.
Film Clinic co-produced Egyptian, Arab and international feature films that went on to win more than 150 awards at over 350 international film festivals, including the Cannes Film Festival, Sundance Film Festival, BFI London Film Festival, Toronto International Film Festival, Dubai International Film Festival, Cairo international Film Festival, and the Carthage Film Festival. Moreover, three of its productions; Clash, Sheikh Jackson, Yomeddine, were Egypt's official submission to the Academy Award for Best Foreign-Language Film. Film Clinic made many box-office hits, including Sameer, Shaheer & Baheer (2010), Banat El A'am (2012), Excuse My French (2014), and Hepta: The Last Lecture (2016). The company's latest co-productions are Gunshot (2018), Ras El Sana (2019), and the British-Egyptian film Luxor, which is currently in production.