In the Last Days of the City

( Akher ayam el madina )

Tamer El Said

  • Arabic (with English subtitles); 118 min
Beautifully lensed and complexly edited in a dense patchwork of people, feelings and events.
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In the Last Days of the City - Tamer El Said

Egypt, Germany, UK, United Arab, 2016, 118 min
  • Starring: Khalid Abdalla, Laila Samy, Hanan Youssef, Maryam Saleh Saad, Heyder Helo, Basim Hajar, Bassem Fayad, Ali Sobhi, Islam Kamal, Mohamed Gaber, Zeinab Mostafa, Zakaria Ali Mohamed, Etimad Eli Hassan, Elsit Ikram, Fadila Tawfik
  • Production: ZERO PRODUCTIONS / International Sales: STILL MOVING

This film within a film is a haunting yet lyric chronicle of recent years in the Arab world, where revolutions seemed to spark hope for change and yield further instability in one stroke. The more things change, the more they stay the same. Khalid Abdalla (The Kite Runner, The Square) plays the protagonist of Tamer El Said’s ambitious feature debut, a filmmaker in Cairo attempting to capture the zeitgeist of his city as the world changes around him—from personal love and loss to the fall of the Mubarak regime. Throughout, friends send footage and stories from Berlin, Baghdad, and Beirut, creating a powerful, multilayered meditation on togetherness, the tactile hold of cities, and the meaning of homeland. Shot in 2008 and completed this year, the film explores the weight of cinematic images as record and storytelling in an ongoing time of change.