Goodbye Julia to have its MENA Premiere at the 6th El Gouna Film Festival, Egypt

Sun May 14, 2023


Goodbye Julia to have its MENA Premiere at the 6th El Gouna Film Festival, Egypt 

Cairo, Egypt, May 14, 2023

The highly anticipated film Goodbye Julia, written and directed by Mohamed Kordofani, will have its MENA premiere at the 6th edition of the El Gouna Film Festival (GFF). The festival is scheduled to take place from October 13 to 20, 2023 in the resort town of El Gouna, Egypt.

Goodbye Julia is a compelling story about Mona, a retired north Sudanese singer who after covering up a murder, tries to make amends by taking in the deceased’s south Sudanese widow, Julia, and her son, Daniel, into her home. The film has already received significant attention in the industry and is set to have its world premiere at the prestigious Cannes Film Festival in May 2023.

El Gouna Film Festival is proud to host the MENA premiere of Goodbye Julia.

Intishal Al Timimi, festival director said: "We are thrilled to have Goodbye Julia at the festival this year. Mohamed Kordofani is a talented filmmaker and has  created a powerful and thought-provoking film that will resonate with audiences around the world. We are honoured to have been  a part of the film's journey and can't wait for our audiences to experience it."

Amjad Abu Alala is the producer of Goodbye Julia, his directorial feature debut, You will Die at 20,  won the Lion of the Future award for Best First Feature at the Venice Days and had its MENA premiere at  El Gouna Film Festival where it won the El Gouna Gold Star for  Best Film.

Abu Alala said: "I am thrilled to return to El Gouna Film Festival with Goodbye Julia. Mohamed Kordofani is a very  talented director, and his film is a compelling narrative that speaks to  the human experience. We appreciate the festival's backing and eagerly look forward to  sharing the movie with audiences in the area."

The World Sales for Goodbye Julia will be managed by  Mad Solutions, one of the top distribution companies that aims to provide a platform for award-winning independent Arab and international filmmakers whose works face significant challenges in reaching audiences beyond the festival circuit. 

Alaa Karkouti, its founder and Managing Partner stated "We are proud to be associated with Goodbye Julia and are excited to bring this exceptional film to audiences around the world. Mohamed Kordofani's vision and storytelling are truly remarkable, and we believe the film will strike a chord with viewers everywhere."

El Gouna Film Festival

One of the leading festivals in the MENA region, GFF aims to showcase a wide variety of films for a passionate and knowledgeable audience, while fostering better communication between cultures through the art of filmmaking. Its goal is to connect filmmakers from the region with their international counterparts in the spirit of cooperation and cultural exchange. The festival is committed to the discovery of new voices and strives to be a catalyst for the development of cinema in the Arab world, especially through CineGouna Platform, an industry-oriented event created to empower Egyptian and Arab filmmakers and help them find artistic and financial support. CineGouna Platform presents the CineGouna SpringBoard and the CineGouna Bridge programs that provide opportunities for sharing and learning.

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