The film is also set to release soon in several Gulf Cooperation Council countries.
Following its success at the Egyptian box office, Mohamed Kordofani’s debut Sudanese feature, ‘Goodbye Julia,’ and recipient of the Cannes Film Festival’s Un Certain Regard Freedom Prize, is set to make waves in 51 arthouse theatres across France, further solidifying its track record.
From Paris to Marseille, audiences now have the opportunity to immerse themselves in this poetic drama on the grand screens of major cities, including Paris, its suburbs, Strasbourg, Bordeaux, Nancy, Metz, Versailles, Massy, Lille, Rennes, Rouen, Hérouville-Saint-Clair, Tours, Lyon, Valence, Clermont-Ferrand, Nice, Marseille, Toulouse, Nîmes, Dijon, Créteil, Quimper, and Belfort, introducing French cinephiles to a compelling new voice in global cinema.
Simultaneously, Goodbye Julia is three weeks into its triumphant journey in Egypt, setting records as the highest-grossing Arab film at the Egyptian box office, amassing over EGP 2m within the initial two weeks since its commercial release on October 25. Responding to public demand, the film is currently screening at 23 theaters across the country, up from the initial 12.
The film is set for release in several Gulf Cooperation Council countries in the near future.
Meanwhile, Goodbye Julia is three weeks into its journey of success in Egypt, recording the highest revenues for an Arab film at the Egyptian box office and amassing over EGP 2m within the first two weeks of its commercial release on October 25. Additionally, the film is currently screening at 23 theatres across the country from an initial 12 in response to the public’s demand for more locations and screenings.
Adding to its accolades, actress Lupita Nyong’o has announced her role as the film’s executive producer, providing direct support to the impactful story.
Furthermore, Egyptian critic Mohamed Sayed Abdel Rahim, a member of the 2024 Golden Globe Awards’ Voting Committee, revealed that Goodbye Julia has been selected to compete for the Best Non-English Language Film Award, with the shortlist announcement expected in December.
Chosen as Sudan’s official submission for Best Foreign Feature at the 2024 Academy Awards, Goodbye Julia recently clinched Best Director and Best Leading Actress in a Debut Feature Film at the 18th Cyprus International Film Festival, bringing its total awards count to 11.
Goodbye Julia follows the story of Mona — a northern Sudanese retired singer in a tense marriage — who is wracked by guilt after covering up a murder. In an attempt to make amends, she takes in the deceased’s southern Sudanese widow, Julia, and her son, Daniel, into her home.
Unable to confess her transgressions to Julia, Mona decides to leave the past behind and adjust to a new status quo, unaware that the country’s turmoil may find its way into her home and put her face to face with her sins.
The film features Eiman Yousif, Siran Riak, Nazar Goma, and Ger Duany. Written and directed by Mohamed Kordofani, Goodbye Julia is produced by Amjad Abu Alala of Station Films in collaboration with Mohamed Al-Omda. Worldwide sales and distribution are managed by MAD Solutions.
Co-producers of the film include Baho Bakhsh and Safei Eldin Mahmoud (Red Star Films), Michael Henrichs (Die Gesellschaft), Khaled Awad and Mohamed Kordofani (Klozium Studios), Marc Irmer (Dolce Vita), Faisal Baltyuor (Cinewaves Films), Ali El-Arabi (Ambient Light), Adham El-Sherif (CULT), and Issraa Elkogali Häggström (RiverFlower).