Egyptian film ‘Yomeddine’ has been selected for the official competition at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival, which runs from 8 to 19 May, marking the first time an Egyptian director’s feature-debut has made the line-up.
The film is also the only feature debut in the competition this year, competing with 16 other films by renowned international directors, including Jean Luc-Goddard, Asghar Farhadi, Spike Lee and Jaafar Panahi, to name a few.
Directed by Abu Bakr Shawky, Yomeddine follows a leper named Beshay who leaves the confines of the Abu Zaabal leper colony for the first time, embarking on a journey across Egypt. In the company of his orphaned apprentice Shika, he goes in search for what remains of his family.
One other Arab film in the main competition at Cannes is Capernaum by Lebanese director Nadine Labaki, while two Arab films will be screened in the Un Certain Regard section: My Favourite Fabric by Syrian director Gaya Jiji, and Sofia by Meryem Benm’Barek from Morocco.