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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 (founded in 2000). Eric 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. He was an associate producer on Mark Jackson's This Teacher (2018 LA Film Festival, 2018 BFI London). In 2022 he served as a New Flesh Comp for Best First Feature at the 2022 Fantasia Intl. Film Festival. Current top films for 2022 include Tár (Todd Field), All That Breathes (Shaunak Sen), Aftersun (Charlotte Wells).

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