With ‘Yomeddine’, A.B. Shawky Becomes Rare First-Time Director To Secure Cannes Competition Slot — Cannes Ones To Watch

It's been a long road to the Cannes Film Festival for Egyptian-Austrian filmmaker A.B. Shawky and his feature debut Yomeddine. The feel-good road movie was a passion project that he developed as his thesis out of NYU's Tisch School for the Arts, shot in Egypt with his wife, first-time producer Dina Emam, and stars non-actors with no reading or memorizing skills. The challenge landed him rejections from some festivals before Cannes offered an Un Certain Regard slot—and…

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