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Yomeddine

2018, A.B. Shawky, Egypt, 97 min.
With Rady Gamal, Ahmed Abdelhafiz

Show Times

  • Fri, Jul 12th 2:00pm
  • Fri, Jul 12th 8:15pm
  • Sat, Jul 13th 3:00pm
  • Sun, Jul 14th 5:15pm
  • Mon, Jul 15th 7:45pm
  • Tue, Jul 16th 6:00pm
  • Wed, Jul 17th 8:15pm
  • Thu, Jul 18th 6:00pm
Chicago premiere!

“Deeply engaging and often funny…down-to-earth charisma.”—John Bleasdale, CineVue

“Shawky’s breezy plot plays like a Middle Eastern answer to Italian neorealism.”—Eric Kohn, Indiewire

First-time director Shawky weaves a heartwarming but unsentimental tale of the scarred aging leper Beshay (Gamal) and the ten-year-old homeless orphan boy Obama (Abdelhafiz), who attaches himself to the older man one day and refuses to leave. Surrogate father and son run away together on a rickety donkey cart in pursuit of Beshay’s dream to find the family that had long ago abandoned him as a child at the gate of a leper colony. Acclaimed as the feel-good sensation of the 2018 Cannes Film Festival competition, this playful, poignant road movie traverses an Egypt that is light years away from the Arab Spring in its timeless view of villages, fertile fields, and the ever-present Nile, hardly more than a muddy creek. The remarkable odyssey of strange adventures, comic capers, and close calls expands on the “judgement day” meaning of its Arabic title, in a theme of acceptance and forgiveness. In Arabic with English subtitles. DCP digital. (BS)

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