IN THE LAST DAYS OF THE CITY is the debut feature of filmmaker Tamer El Said. It tells the fictional story of a filmmaker from downtown Cairo played by Khalid Abdalla (The Kite RunnerThe 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, loss and life in cities shaped by the shadows of war and adversity.

See the trailer here!

Come see the film at MoMA in NYC during its US theatrical debutApril 27-May 3 ONLY! Tickets available now!

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International praise for IN THE LAST DAYS OF THE CITY

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

“A plangent, multi-layered dirge to the sensory overload of Cairo and the way it has irrevocably changed… 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

“A proud requiem to the bustling metropolis.” The Guardian

“A poetic travelogue… A soulful performance… The film is already a period piece” The Independent

Winner of 12 awards at film festivals around the world, including:

  • Caligari Film Prize, Berlinale, Germany
  • Grand Prix, Festival des 3 Continents, France
  • Grand Prix, New Horizons International Film Festival, Poland
  • Best Director, Buenos Aires International Film festival (BAFICI), Argentina
  • Critics Award for Best Arab Film in 2016, Arab Cinema Center
  • Critics Award for Best Film, !f Istanbul Film Festival, Turkey
  • Best Film, San Francisco Arab Film Festival, USA
  • Best Debut Film, Forum of European Cinema Orlen Cinergia, Poland

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