Goodbye Julia, the first-ever Sudanese function to display screen at the Cannes Movie Pageant, has been chosen by Sudan to be its second-ever Academy Awards submission for greatest worldwide function movie.
Earlier this 12 months, the movie, directed by Mohamed Kordofani, additionally gained the Un Sure Regard’s freedom prize at Cannes.
Set simply earlier than the secession of South Sudan in 2011, Goodbye Julia follows Mona (Eiman Yousif), a well-off lady from the north, who seeks redemption after her husband shoots and kills a southern man. Whereas in distraught, she hires the person’s spouse Julia (Siran Riak) as her maid. The movie depicts the difficult relationship and variations between Northern and Southern Sudanese communities.
Kordofani beforehand instructed The Hollywood Reporter that the movie is “concerning the transformation of somebody who realizes that they’ve been unknowingly racist and need to overcome this racism. A metamorphosis of somebody who first abides by social norms and traditions, who transforms into being just a little bit liberated and open-minded and begins to query these traditions, which play into the institutional racism we’ve got inherited, and issues like oppression that girls endure in our society.”
Goodbye Julia is represented by CAA Media Finance in North America. It’s produced by Amjad Abu Alala’s Station Movies and co-produced by Ali Alarabi, CEO and founding father of Ambient Gentle.
“I really feel very grateful that the committee in Sudan reactivated and chosen Goodbye Julia for the Oscars race regardless of the struggle,” Kordofani stated in a press release after studying concerning the film’s submission. “This solely exhibits how resilient and hopeful individuals in Sudan could be. I really feel immensely honored that my movie is now on the record of Sudan’s submissions to the Academy, and I hope we could be seen to voters in order that – possibly – we could be seen to the world and present it a special aspect of Sudan.”