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
A film by Tamer El Said / 2016 / Egypt/Germay/United Kingdom/United Arab Emirates / Arabic with English subtitles / 118 Minutes / DCP / Dolby SR 5.1. / 1.1.85
A Zero Production production in Co-Prduction with Sunnyland Films, Mengamuk Films, Autonomous, Script by Tamer El Said, Rasha Salti, Production Tamer El Said, Khalid Abdalla, Co-Production Hana Al Bayaty, Michel Balagué, Marcin Malaszczak, Cat Villiers, Camera Bassem Fayad Art Direction Salah Marei, Schnitt Mohamed Abdel Gawad, Vartan Avakian, Barbara Bossuet Sound Design Victor Bresse Sound Mixing Mikaël Barre, Musik Amélie Legrand, Victor Moïse, Set Designer Yasser Al-Husseini Costume Zeina Kiwan Colour Grading Jorge Piquer Rodriguez, Visual Effects Unai Rosende
Journey of the Film
In the winter of 2007, I started working on this film driven by a need to understand my relationship with Cairo, the city where I live and that has made me what I am. I was haunted by a strong and peculiar feeling shared by everyone in the Arab world that we can't keep going like this - the end is near. We longed for it to bring a new beginning, while fearing it would take with it everything we loved. I finished shooting in December 2010. Six weeks later the entire world was watching Cairo. It seemed that what we had been longing for was happening. Now, three years later I am finishing the film wondering how these images could feel so close and yet so far, how nothing seems to change while everything is changing.
- Tamer El Said
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