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2018 Cannes Critics’ Panel: Day 2 – Abu Bakr Shawky’s Yomeddine

Abu Bakr Shawky's Yomeddine

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2018 Cannes Critics’ Panel: Day 2 – Abu Bakr Shawky’s Yomeddine

2018 Cannes Critics’ Panel: Day 2 – Abu Bakr Shawky’s Yomeddine

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.

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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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Abu Bakr Shawky's Yomeddine

Eric Lavallée is the founder, CEO, editor-in-chief, film journalist and critic at IONCINEMA.com (founded in 2000). Eric splits his time between his home base in Montreal, NYC, and is a regular at Sundance, Cannes and TIFF. He has a BFA in Film Studies at the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema. In 2013 he served as a Narrative Competition Jury Member at the SXSW Film Festival. Top 3 from 2016: Certain Women (Kelly Reichardt), Things to Come (Mia Hansen-Løve), Toni Erdmann (Maren Ade)

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