Film Series: Runs & Limited Engagements

The Nile Hilton Incident

2017, Tarik Saleh, Sweden/Denmark/Germany, 111 min. With Fares Fares, Mari Malek.

Show Times

  • Fri, Sep 15th 2:00pm
  • Fri, Sep 15th 7:45pm
  • Sat, Sep 16th 3:45pm
  • Sun, Sep 17th 4:45pm
  • Mon, Sep 18th 7:45pm
  • Tue, Sep 19th 6:00pm
  • Wed, Sep 20th 6:00pm
  • Thu, Sep 21st 7:45pm
Chicago premiere!

“Transplants the dark, cynical heart of film noir to the streets of Cairo in the days leading up to the 2011 revolution…blends procedural thrills with politicized commentary.” — Nick Schager, Variety

“Unfolds like the very best of Graham Greene…Tarik Saleh is confirmed as a major cinema talent.” — David Leitner, Filmmaker Magazine

A police department so corrupt that it makes an evidence-tampering pilfering cop look clean is at the center of a web of intrigue spreading across the city of Cairo just as the Tahrir Square protestors take to rioting in the streets. There are overtones of Jean-Pierre Melville in this neo-noir policier based on the circumstances of an actual celebrity murder. A frightened Sudanese maid is the only witness to spot the presumed murderer when a lounge singer who turns tricks is found with her throat slit in a luxury hotel room. Evidence implicates a member of parliament, the maid disappears, and taciturn hard-nosed detective Noredin (Fares of the DEPARTMENT Q trilogy) is told to lay off. Director Saleh effectively builds the tension, leavening the dark pessimism of his story with the explosive realities of the political revolution in progress. In Arabic, Dinka, English, and French with English subtitles. DCP digital widescreen. (BS)

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