India, Aug. 23 -- This Egyptian film was nominated for a Best Foreign Language Film Oscar and was showcased in the prestigious International Competition section at Cannes in 2018.

First-time feature writer-director AB Shawky's has expanded on his own short film to chart an unlikely friendship between a 40-something leper (portrayed with amazing grace by non-professional actor Rady Gamal, a survivor of leprosy) and an orphaned stowaway (Ahmed Abdelhafiz, equally striking).

The stowaway becomes a sort of surrogate son during their journey across the countryside, their meagre belongings packed onto a donkey cart. The road trip feels cloying at times, especially during the encounter with other physically impaired outcasts. A Christianity/Isl...