Director: Tamer El Said
Country: Egypt/Germany/Great Britain/United Arab Emirates
Year: 2016
Running time: 118 min
In Arabic with English subtitles
Format: DCP
Sound: Dolby SR 5.1
Apect Ratio 1:1.85

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IN THE LAST DAYS OF THE CITY

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.

AWARDS
Caligari Film Prize at Berlinale
Critics Award for Best Arab Film in 2016, Arab Cinema Center
Grand Prix of New Horizons International Film Festival
Grand Prix of Festival des 3 Continents, Nantes
Best Film, San Francisco Arab Film Festival, USA, 2016
Best Director at Buenos Aires International Film festival (BAFICI)

PHOTOS

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PLAYDATES

  • 2/7/18 Allegheny College International Film Festival, Meadville, PA
  • 4/26/18 Cinema Arts Centre, Huntington, NY - Sneak Preview, with director Tamer El Said in person!
  • 4/27-5/3/18 Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY - US Theatrical Premiere, with director Tamer El Said in person 4/27 & 4/30!
  • 5/4/18 Arab American National Museum, Dearborn, MI - Sneak Preview, with director Tamer El Said in person!
  • Opens 5/4/18 Laemmle Monica Film Center, Santa Monica, CA - West Coast Premiere, with director Tamer El Said!
  • 5/5-6/18 Laemmle Playhouse, Pasadena, CA
  • 5/5-6/18 Laemmle Claremont, Claremont, CA
  • 5/11-17/18 AFI Silver, Silver Springs, MD - Screening with director Tamer El Said in person!
  • 5/13,15,16/18 Gene Siskel Film Center, Chicago, IL - Screening with director Tamer El Said in person!
  • 5/17-28/18 Time & Space, Ltd., Hudson, NY
  • Opens 6/1/18 Broadway Centre Cinemas, Salt Lake City, UT
  • Opens 6/1/18 Zeitgeist Multi-Discliplinary Arts Center, New Orleans, LA
  • Opens 6/8/18 Jean Cocteau Cinema, Santa Fe, NM
  • Opens 6/15/18 Hippodrome Theatre, Gainesville, FL
  • 6/29, 7/3/18 Dryden Theatre at George Eastman Museum, Rochester, NY
  • 7/6-12/18 a/perture cinema, Winston-Salem, NC
  • 8/3,17/18 Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX
  • 8/7-9,14-16/18 Guild Cinema, Albuquerque, NM
  • 8/11-12/18 Wadsworth Atheneum, Hartford, CT
  • 8/30-9/5/18 Festival de Cine Internacional, San Juan, PR
  • 9/14/18 New York State Writers' Institute, Albany, NY Screening with director Tamer El Said in person!
  • 9/17/18 Wexner Center, Columbus, OH Screening with director Tamer El Said in person!
  • 9/20/18 Ohio University, Athens, OH Screening with director Tamer El Said in person!
  • 9/20/18 UT-Austin Middle Eastern Studies Film Festival, Austin, TX
  • 9/21/18 Indiana University, Bloomington, IN Screening with director Tamer El Said in person!
  • 9/22/18 UW-Madison Cinematheque, Madison, WI Screening with director Tamer El Said in person!
  • 9/24/18 Swarthmore College, Swarthmore, PA Screening with director Tamer El Said in person!
  • 9/26/18 Yale University, New Haven, CT Screening with director Tamer El Said in person!
  • 9/27/18 Cornell Cinema, Ithaca, NY Screening with director Tamer El Said in person!
  • 9/28-30/18 Detroit Film Theatre, Detroit, MI Screening with director Tamer El Said in person (Sat. only!)
  • 9/28-30/18 State Theatre, Ann Arbor, MI Screening with director Tamer El Said in person! (Sat. only!)
  • 10/1/18 Oxnard Film Society, Oxnard, CA Screening with director Tamer El Said in person!
  • 10/2/18 Salt Lake City Film Society, Salt Lake City, UT Screening with director Tamer El Said in person!
  • 10/3/18 UC-Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara, CA Screening with director Tamer El Said in person!
  • 10/5-11/18 Varsity, Ashland, OR
  • 10/7/18 Arab Film Festival, Washington, DC Screening with director Tamer El Said in person!
  • 10/10/18 George Mason University, Fairfax, VA Screening with director Tamer El Said in person!
  • 10/11/18 UnionDocs, Brooklyn, NY Screening with director Tamer El Said in person!
  • 10/13/18 Hopkins Center, Hanover, NH Screening with director Tamer El Said in person!
  • 10/17/18 Kevorkian Center at NYU, New York, NY Screening with director Tamer El Said in person!

REVIEWS

"Beautiful, brooding...a quasi-documentary fiction with both multiple precedents and none at all... It is above all a richly sensuous film, which strives to accommodate the thick, shifting layers of sight and sound that overwhelm verbal descriptions of Cairo."
—Stuart Klawans, The Nation

"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."
—Bilge Ebiri, The Village Voice

feels at once impressionistic and monumental, a drifting collage of fragments that amounts to something singular and fully realized...its tone is elegiac, at once tender and frustrated.El Said’s film confronts the impossibility of imposing order on the chaos and noise of a big city or tying up the unraveling strands of a life. Even more piercingly, it expresses the anguish of loving impossible cities: places that batter their inhabitants with war, violence, political or religious oppression, yet keep a hold on them with beauty, memory, an ineffable sense of belonging."
—Imogen Sara Smith, Film Comment

"Without doubt the most important event in Egyptian cinema, if not Arab cinema, in a very long time."
—Jean-Michel Frodon, Slate.com

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

“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

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