Director: Mohamed Kordofani
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World premiered at the 2023 Cannes Film Festival’s Un Certain Regard, going on to win the festival’s Freedom Prize
Sudan’s official submission to the Academy Awards for Best International Feature Film
Produced by acclaimed Sudanese filmmaker Amjad Abu Alala, director of Venice prizewinner YOU WILL DIE AT TWENTY
The first Sudanese director and film to participate in the history of the Cannes Film Festival
Executive produced by Oscar-winning actress Lupita Nyong’o
2023/ Sudan, Egypt, Germany, France, KSA, Sweden120 min/ Drama
Original Title
وداعا جوليا
Wracked by guilt after covering up a murder, Mona — a northern Sudanese retired singer in a tense marriage — tries to make amends by taking 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.
Eiman Yousif
Siran Riak
Nazar Goma
Ger Duany


Written and directed by Mohamed Kordofani
DOP: Pierre de Villiers
Editor: Heba Othman
Music Producer & Composer: Mazin Hamid
Sound Engineer: Rana Eid
Costume Designer: Simba Elmur
Production Designer: Issa Kandil
Producer: Amjad Abu Alala
Co-Producer: Mohammed Alomda
Co-Producers: Baho Bakhsh, Safei Eldin Mahmoud, Michael Henrichs, Khaled Awad, Mohamed Kordofani, Marc Irmer, Faisal Baltyuor, Ali Elarabi, Adham El Sherif, and Issraa Elkogali Häggström

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Production Company(ies)
Station Films
Red Star Films
Die Gesellschaft DGS
Klozium Studios
Dolce Vita Films
Cinewaves Films
Ambient Light
MAD Solutions
Red Sea
CANAL+ International
film festivals
Cannes Film Festival (Un Certain Regard), France (World Premiere)
Karlovy Vary International Film, Czech Republic
BFI London Film Festival, UK
Melbourne International Film Festival, Australia
The Border Mail International Film Festival, Australia
BOFA Film Festival Tasmania, Australia
Vancouver International Film Festival, Canada
Darwin International Film Festival, Australia
Arab Film Nights, Denmark
El Gouna International Film Festival, Egypt
Warsaw Film Festival, Poland
European Film Festival, South Africa
Paysages de Cinéastes, France
Septimius Awards, Netherlands
War on Screen Film Festival, France
Belfast Film Festival, Northern Ireland
Cyprus International Film Festival, Cyprus
Muslim International Film Festival, Canada
Mostra de Cinema Arab, Spain
Singapore International Film Festival, Singapore
Africa Rising International Film Festival, South Africa
film awards
Freedom Prize, Un Certain Regard, Cannes Film Festival
Audience Award, Paysages de Cinéastes
Youth Jury Award, Paysages de Cinéastes
Women's Jury Award, Paysages de Cinéastes
Best African Film, Septimius Awards
Press Jury Award, War on Screen Film Festival
Audience Award, War on Screen Film Festival
Roger Ebert Award, Chicago International Film Festival
Best Film, Belfast Film Festival
Best Director in a Debut Feature Film, Cyprus International Film Festival
Best Leading Actress Award, Cyprus International Film Festival
Best Actress Award, Muslim International Film Festival
Excellence Award, Muslim International Film Festival
Audience Award, Mostra de Cinema Arab

“A gut-wrenching and emotionally rewarding tale of religious persecution compounded by entrenched racism.” 

Screen Daily

“There is an even greater historic significance to Goodbye Julia, in which two women — one from the North, the other from the South — are brought together by fate in a complex relationship.” 


“This drama about guilt examines the relationship between Sudanese from the north and those from the south.” 

Festival de Cannes

“Kordofani proves that it is possible to bear witness to history in a place rarely depicted on screen."
Screen Daily

“Kordofani’s fine direction balances the film’s multiple modes: It’s a drama, with shades of a thriller and a sense of its own politics.”
Hollywood Reporter

“Kordofani offers up wonderful snapshots, overviews and explanations of all the nuances of the acute Sudanese situation of the time”

“Goodbye Julia is not focused on Sudan’s recent history, but rather on the events leading up to the 2011 South Sudanese Independence referendum.”