production co.

co-production co.

international sales

Desert Highway Pictures

Film Clinic

Wild Bunch

lead | "Beshay"

supporting | "Obama"

Rady Gamal

Ahmed Abdelhafiz

writer + director



associate producer

executive producers


production design

production sound


original score

post sound

A.B. Shawky

Dina Emam

Mohamed Hefzy

Mohamed Sakr

Daniel Ziskind

Elisabeth Shawky-Arneitz

Ahmed Shawky

Ali Baghdadi

Gill Holland

Michel Merkt

Federico Cesca

Laura Moss

Sherif Zein

Erin Greenwell

Omar Fadel

David Forshee


Cannes Film Festival (2018)

  • Main Competition (World Premiere)


"What is it about "Yomeddine," the only feature debut selected for the competition this year, that you liked so much?

It's truly a cinematic film. It reminded me of a Italian neorealist film. It sheds light on the depths of Egypt. It's a unique and poetic work of art. And as many films do, it enlightens us by pondering on who we are, who are the others, what the world is like."

"[A.B.] Shawky's feature directorial debut "Yomeddine" is one of the big surprises of Cannes' competition lineup this year."

supported by

Richard Vague Production Fund

NYU Production Lab

nextPix firstPix Grant

TriBeCa Film Institute

El Gouna Film Festival


"First-time feature helmer AB Shawky is in competition right off the bat with Yomeddine, his story of a Coptic leper and his orphaned apprentice who leave the confines of their colony to embark on a journey across Egypt and search for what is left of their families. It's rare that novices immediately get into the competition - Laszlo Nemes is a recent example."

The 2014 NYU PURPLE LIST - NYU Tisch (2014)