"You Will Die at Twenty"

a film by Amjad Abu Alala

Sudan, province of Aljazira, nowadays – When Muzamil was born, a prophecy by the holy man of the village predicts that he will die when he is 20 years old. Muzamil’s father cannot stand the doom and travel away from home. Sakina, as a single mother raises her son with over protection. One day, Muzamil turns 19….

Director: Amjad Abu Alala

Amjad Abu Alala is a Sudanese Director and Producer. He studied Directing at the Emirates University and worked as a films and documentaries director with various media institutions for Arab and Western channels. He made many short films that screened on different film festivals, "Tieena", "Coffee and Oranges", "Feathers of the Birds" and "Studio" In 2012 that supervised by Abbas Kiarostami, also he work as Head of Programming Committee on Sudan Independent Film Festival. His feature film ‘"You will die at twenty" won Lion of the future at Venice film festival beside more than 15 awards from international festivals, now he is producing number of feature films by his Sudanese based production company Station Films.


Cinematographer: Sébastien Goepfert

Sébastien Goepfert is a French cinematographer. After studying at la Femis, he became a camera operator on several films including "Blue is a warmest color" of Abdelatif Kechiche and director of photography on several short films. He shot his first feature film in 2015 "As I Open Eyes" of Leyla Bouzid, presented at Venice film festival. Then followed "Bloody Milk" of Hubert Charuel, which won the Best First Feature Film at the Cesar° ceremony. "You Will Die at Twenty" by Amjad Abu Alala is his 3rd feature film.    

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TRINITY Operator: Matthieu Lornat

Matthieu Lornat is a French camera-, steadicam- and trinity operator, who has been working on a wide range of projects - from commercials to feature films,such as ’’Revenge’’ by Coralie Fargeat,’’Kill Ben Lyk’’ by Erwan Marinopoulos, the popular TV series ‘’Engrenages’’ (Canal+) or the Netflix Series ‘’Marianne’’.

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Production Notes

  • Produced by: Andolfi, Transit Films, DUOfilm, Die Gesellschaft DGS
  • In co-production with: Station Films, Film Clinic
  • Shooting location: Sudan
  • Camera: ALEXA Mini
  • Lenses: Ultra Primes, Angenieux
  • Grip: TRINITY
  • Lighting: SkyPanel, M-Series
  • Camera and lighting equipment serviced by: Take Off Cinema Service, Cairo
  • World premiere: Venice International Film Festival, Giornati degli Autori /Venice Days, 2019

Official Trailer "You Will Die at Twenty"

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