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This Sudanese Film Could Win the Country its First-Ever Oscar

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A still from the film “You Will Die at Twenty”. Photo: Supplied

Hollywood awards season is approaching and this year could see the film You Will Die at Twenty as Sudan’s first-ever film to win an Oscar, as it has been submitted for the Best International Feature Film category at the upcoming Academy Awards in 2021.

The film, written and directed by Sudanese filmmaker Amjad Abu Alala, was recently submitted as Sudan‘s official nomination for the Best International Feature Film category at the Academy Awards, also known as the Oscars.

“We’re so proud to announce that Sudan has entered the Academy Awards race for the first time with the selection of Amjad Abu Alala’s ‘You Will Die at 20’ as the country’s first Best International Feature Film submission for the 2021 Academy Awards,” a post from the film’s official Instagram account read. “Only the eighth feature film in the history of Sudanese cinema, this marks a significant moment in the country’s cultural landscape and opens doors for a new wave of local filmmakers yearning to have their stories, voices, and perspectives embraced by audiences back at home and abroad,” it added.

The Sudanese drama film centers around the holy man of a remote village who predicts that a newborn boy, Muzamil, will die when he becomes 20 years old.

You Will Die at Twenty premiered last year at the 2019 Venice International Film Festival to critical acclaim, receiving the Lion of the Future Award, which is the prestigious Luigi De Laurentiis Award for a Debut Film. The film was also successfully featured at the El-Gouna Film Festival in Egypt, winning the Golden Star award for best narrative feature.

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A promotional poster for “You Will Die at Twenty”. Photo: Instagram/ @youwilldieat20

Next year’s Academy Awards ceremony will be held later in the year, on April 25, rather than its usual dates in late February, due to the impacts of the coronavirus pandemic on the film industry. Nominations are usually confirmed around a month before the awards event.

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