- Tamer El Said
- Khalid Abdalla
Tamer El Said’s ambitious debut feature tells the fictional story of a filmmaker from downtown Cairo played by Khalid Abdalla (The Kite Runner, United 93, Green Zone, The Square) as he struggles to capture the soul of a city on edge while facing loss in his own life. Shot in Cairo, Beirut, Baghdad and Berlin during the two years before the outbreak of revolution in Egypt, the film’s multi-layered stories are a visually rich exploration of friendship, loneliness and life in cities shaped by the shadows of war and adversity. “El Said’s rapturous images of Cairo—wide shots at night, handheld shots following Khalid into alleys and through bustling streets—create a striking portrait of a metropolis that is constantly changing. (You should, by the way, try to see this on the biggest screen you can find.)... What we’re really witnessing is how a city becomes a memory, how a physical home becomes a spiritual one, and how a man becomes a ghost.” (Village Voice)
Cosponsored with the Dept of Near Eastern Studies.