In The Last Days of the City - LAST DAY!

Aug 14 to Aug 16
Tuesday to Thursday 3:30, 8:15

Tamer El Said - 2018 - 118m - Egypt/Germany/Great Britain/United Arab Emirates - In Arabic with English subtitles

This film within a film is a haunting, lyrical chronicle of recent years in the Arab world, where revolutions seemed to spark hope for change and yield further instability in one stroke. 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 tangible hold of cities, and the meaning of homeland. Shot in 2008 and completed in 2016, the film explores the weight of cinematic images as record and storytelling in an ongoing time of change. 

“Without doubt, the most important film in Egyptian cinema, if not Arab cinema, in a very long time” — Jean-Michel Frodon, Slate

"Majestic...a lionhearted elegy for the Egyptian capital, artistic heritage in the Arab world, inspired politics, and hope itself." — Kaelen Wilson-Goldie, Artforum

"Beautifully lensed and complexly edited in a dense patchwork of people, feelings and events." — Deborah Young, The Hollywood Reporter

“A melancholic love-hate poem to Cairo and the role of filmmakers in any city in pain.” — Jay Weissberg, Variety

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