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Goodbye Julia | New Zealand

Dir. by Mohamed Kordofani | 2023 | Sudan |120 Mins | CTC

Winner: Cannes Film Festival un Certain Regard Freedom Prize

Official Selection at:
Melbourne International Film Festival, August 2023

Two women forge an unusual friendship across devastating divides in an engrossing Sudanese drama.
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.

In Aus and NZ cinemas late 2023. Watch this space for dates.


A prizewinner in Cannes’ Un Certain Regard section, Mohamed Kordofani’s well-performed deep cut into Sudan’s recent history unfolds like a morality thriller. Telling the story of a fraught friendship between two very different women, Kordofani’s intelligent, compassionate scripting ensures that the political never overwhelms the personal. Yet it also illuminates just how well the fault lines that divide a nation can map onto the rifts within a human heart divided against itself.
-Variety Magazine-

“Manages to strike a perfect balance between an intelligent political and cultural backdrop and a thrilling and highly intimate plot”

A gut-wrenching and emotionally rewarding tale of religious persecution compounded by entrenched racism… With the help of an excellent cast, Kordofani proves that it is possible to bear witness to history in a place rarely depicted on screen while framing repercussions as an ever-evolving game of high-stakes emotional chess.
-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-


  • Still from Goodbye Julia | New Zealand
  • Still from Goodbye Julia | New Zealand
  • Still from Goodbye Julia | New Zealand
  • Still from Goodbye Julia | New Zealand