Rare are the films from debut filmmakers to crack the Competition line-up and perhaps the first title to be funded by a Kickstarter campaign, Yomeddine (which means Judgement Day) is a comedy by Egyptian filmmaker Abu Bakr Shawky. Working from a docu-short background, A.B. employs the services of non-actors for the tale of a coptic leper and his orphaned apprentice who leave the confines of the leper colony for the first time and embark on a journey across Egypt to search for what is left of their families.
With some critics still at large (not everyone has arrived at the fest), this piece of national cinema will not be this year’s Son of Saul breakout debut film in the competition, but it nonetheless found some supporters who perhaps appreciated the comedy’s tone, paired misfits.
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