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THE YACOUBIAN BUILDING

Director: MARWAN HAMED

EGYPT • 2006 • SUBTITLED • COLOUR • DIGITAL VIDEO • 165 MIN


THE LONG-AWAITED RESURGENCE OF EGYPTIAN CINEMA FINALLY ARRIVES IN THE GUISE OF THIS FAITHFUL ADAPTATION OF ALAA’ AL-ASWANY’S BLOCKBUSTER NOVEL. WHOSE PRESENCE AT THE EVENT WE ARE DELIGHTED TO HAVE.
All the action of this breathtakingly audacious examination of contemporary Cairo is centred on the residents of a downtown Cairo apartment block. Tracking the lives of a seemingly disparate group of individuals as they hurtle towards each other with fateful consequences the film tackles everything from Islamic fundamentalism to homosexuality and corruption. It was a cause celebre on its release in Egypt, where it proceeded to smash box office records and spark unprecedented debate.

Alaa’ Al-Aswany will be interviewed by Colm Toibin following the screening. Please note this event will end at approx 11.45pm.

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