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Yomeddine Wins Big at Egypt’s Longest-Running Film Festival

“Yomeddine” (2018)

Abu Bakr Shawky’s Yomeddine (“Judgement Day”) has had quite a successful year following its debut at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival. In addition to scooping up the prestigious François Chalais Award, the 97-minute drama also took home the Gouna Star for Best Arab Feature as well as the Cinema For Humanity Audience Award at the 2018 El Gouna Film Festival, and was selected as Egypt’s candidate at the 91st Oscar Awards under the Foreign Language Film category.

Adding to its growing list of accolades, over the weekend, the emotional film won not one or two, but 10 awards at Egypt’s longest-running film festival, the Catholic Center Cinema Festival 2019. Among the 10 awards it won at the 67th edition of the awards ceremony are Best Film, Director, Screenplay, Cinematography, Production Design, Editing, Film Score, Actor, and Supporting Actor.

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Completely overwhelmed tonight. The Catholic Center Film Festival, Egypt’s oldest film festival in its 67th edition, awards @yomeddine with ten awards: Best Film, Director, Screenplay, Cinematography, Production Design, Editing, Film Score, Actor, Supporting Actor, and Special Mention for actor Shehab Ibrahim. Words can’t describe how proud we are of the entire cast and crew after such a long and difficult journey. Thank you everyone! شكرًا لمهرجان المركز الكاثوليكي المصري الذي كرم فيلم يوم الدين الليلة بعشرة جوائز: أفضل فيلم، اخراج، سيناريو، تصوير، ديكور، مونتاج، موسيقي، تمثيل (راضي جمال واحمد عبد الحفيظ وشهاب إبراهيم)

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Expressing his excitement, the thrilled director wrote on Instagram: “Completely overwhelmed tonight. The Catholic Center Film Festival, Egypt’s oldest film festival in its 67th edition, awards @yomeddine with ten awards. Thank you everyone!”

The win came just a mere 24-hours after the film cleaned house at this year’s Egyptian Association of Film Writers and Critics, picking up the Best First Feature, Best Script, Best Film, and Best Cinematography awards.

The movie, which stars Rady Gamal and Ahmed Abdelhafiz, tells the story of an Egyptian leper (portrayed by a non-actor who actually lives in a leper colony) and his orphaned friend, who set out on a donkey in search of their families. Yomeddine, which is Shawky’s first feature film, was produced by Desert Highway Pictures and Film Clinic, which is also responsible for Sheikh Jackson, The Idol, and Ali, the Goat and Ibrahim.

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