You Will Die At Twenty

Directed by Amjad Abu Alala
Film Movement
102 Minutes
Coming of Age, Drama, African Diaspora
Not Rated

Sudan's Official Submission to the Academy Awards

Winner of the Lion of the Future Award for best Debut Feature at the Venice Film Festival, YOU WILL DIE AT TWENTY is 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.

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  • "A complex, stunning and sophisticated debut feature from Amjad Abu Alala and a major achievement for Sudanese cinema."
    Mina Takia, AwardsWatch
  • "Amjad Abu Alala and DOP Sébastien Goepfert have created one of the most visually striking movies of this year."
    Pramit Chatterjee, Mashable India
  • "Visually stunning and acted to perfection, You Will Die at Twenty is a portentous and masterful debut film."
    Claire Bowman, Amplify!
  • "The visual assurance of “You Will Die at Twenty” is the most immediately notable element of Sudanese director Amjad Abu Alala’s accomplished feature debut. Beautifully composed and boasting the kind of sensitivity to light sources and color tonalities usually ascribed to top photographers, the film lovingly depicts the remote east-central region of Sudan as a quasi-magical place of sand, sky and the colors of the Nile. "
    Jay Weissberg, Variety
  • "[Alala] sharpens this fable-like coming-of-death tale into a moving commentary on unwavering compliance; a clear portrait of Sudan during its 30 years of authoritarian leadership. Thoughtfully ominous, the feature makes both an emotional and visual imprint...."
    Sarah Ward, Screen Daily
  • "[A] beautifully realised feature debut."
    Fabien Lemercier, Cineuropa
  • "[V]isually arresting...."
    Amber Wilkinson, Eye For Film