In The Last Days Of The City
Akher ayam el Medina / آخر أيام المدينة
2016, Tamer El Said, Egypt/Germany, 118 min. With Khalid Abdalla, Laila Samy.
- Sun, May 13th 4:45pm
- Tue, May 15th 8:00pm
- Wed, May 16th 6:00pm
"Without doubt, the most important film in Egyptian cinema, if not Arab cinema, in a very long time." - Jean-Michel Frodon, Slate Magazine
"Majestic…a lionhearted elegy for the Egyptian capital, artistic heritage in the Arab world, inspired politics, and hope itself." - Kaelen Wilson-Goldie, Artforum International
Malaise, discontent, and growing unrest form a cloud that has not yet become the perfect storm of Tahrir Square in this sprawling yet tightly wound narrative of a filmmaker's attempts to come to terms with loss, even as his home city Cairo, seen enticingly through the eyes of an insider, evolves. Khalid (Abdalla), his life stalled in a psychic limbo, mourns for the wreckage of a love affair, the disarray of an unfinished film, and the memory of departures and deaths that have jolted him. Director El Said weaves Khalid's story, and the political strains represented by the views of his diverse friends, into a complex portrait of Cairo itself, also on the brink of being rocked from its malaise as Khalid, a man imperfectly aware of his middleclass privilege, becomes caught between the world he sees slipping away and the one that has not yet formed. In Arabic with English subtitles. DCP digital. (BS)
May 13 at 4:45 PM: Director Tamer El Said is scheduled to be present for audience discussion, moderated and introduced by filmmaker Julia Pello.