Once a member of one of the notorious armed groups that were coerced by the Egyptian Government to carry out violent attacks on protestors in Tahir Square on 2nd February 2011, Mahmoud has since lost his job, been subjected to beatings and humiliating treatment, and been ostracized by his own community that live close to the Pyramids.
Mahmoud and his family are close to despair when he meets Reem, a secular young Egyptian divorcee and modern-thinker who works in advertising. Reem is a fervent ecologist who lives in a wealthy neighbourhood. Their encounter will change the course of their lives forever. —MK2
Born 1952 in Cairo. After studying economics and political science, he went to live in Lebanon where he became a journalist. He began his career in film in 1980 as assistant to Volker Schlöndorff on Die Fälschung and to Youssef Chahine on Al-Dhakira and Adieu Bonaparte which he also co-wrote. In 1987, he directed his first film Summer Thefts, produced by Youssef Chahine and considered as one of the films that most contributed to the revival of Egyptian cinema. He carried on his collaboration with Chahine as co-director of Alexandria Again and Forever (1990) and Cairo as Seen by Chahine (1991). In 1994, he directed Marcides and, in 1995, the documentary On Boys, Girls and the Veil. In 1999, El Medina was awarded the Special Jury Prize in Locarno Film Festival. In 2004, his film The Gate of Sun (Bab El Chams), taken from Elias Khoury’s novel, was presented in the Cannes Official Selection (out of competition). —Cannes Film Festival
Magnificent picture with a strong documentary base that its narrative developed from featuring amazing performances from its two leads, Menna Chalaby and Bassem Samra. Starting with an incident in Tahrir Square and ending with a march on the generals months later the film investigates both the hope and the hopelessness generated by revolution amongst both sides of the class divide. Raw, passionate and revealing.
Entre uma direção que se esforça para encontrar a revolução, de um ator infeliz em um desempenho medíocre e um romance banal que não interessa a ninguém, Nasrallah se perde no enorme potencial do enredo. Uma pena porque é da realidade bruta que seu filme extrai força, mas o diretor prefere o documento da dança dos cavalos, da máfia dos clãs, da avalanche das redes sociais. Sim, sobra ambição e falta sobriedade...
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Egyptian director Yousry Nasrallah ambitiously engages with the complexity of stories and storytelling surrounding the Egyptian revolution.
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