In the Last Days of the City

Dir.: Tamer El Said | Egypt 2016 | 119 min

The filmmaker Khalid is looking for a new apartment in downtown Cairo. And for a direction in his documentary. He wants to capture the pulse of Cairo, record the city's cacophony and its at once identity-giving and destructive quality. But everything seems to be running through his fingers like sand. His friends have left, his girlfriend has abandoned him. His mother is ill, his father is dead – where can one fix ones gaze in the ever-changing metropolis? This is the somewhat flighty point of departure of 'In the Last Days of the City', which is a sad tribute to the Egyptian capital, and especially to its Downtown neighbourhood, where life is lived on the street. Impressively, the film was shot all the way back in 2008-2010, before the Tahrir Square protests, but editing was completed after the Arab Spring came and went again. The result of the prophetic premonition and the thoughtful retrospective works brilliantly and lets both the personal and political story enrich each other. A film that provides insight and understanding. In Cairo's change and in the art of capturing and losing everything we hold dearly.

Original Title
Akher Ayam El Madina
Title
In the Last Days of the City
Country
Egypt
Release Year
2016
Duration
119 min.
Directors
Tamer El Said
Producer
Tamer El Said, Khalid Abdallah
Script
Cast
Principal Cast: Khalid Abdalla Laila Samy Bassem Fayad Hayder Helo Basim Hajar Hanan Youssef Zeinab Mostafa Shafik Mariam Saad Fadila Tawfik Mohamed Gaber Islam Kamal
Camera
Bassem Fayad
Sound
Victor Bresse
Editor
Mohamed Abdel Gawad, Vartan Avakian & Barbara Bossuet
Music
Amélie Legrand, Victor Moïse
Art Director: Salah Marei
Production Company
Zero Productions
Version
Dialogue: English Subtitles
Tempo
1
Thrills
1
Sighs
6
Laughs
1
Look
7
Food for thought
8