In den letzten Tagen der Stadt

In den letzten Tagen der Stadt

Ägypten / Deutschland / Großbritannien / Vereinigte Arabische Emirate 2008-2016, Spielfilm


In the Last Days of the City

Downtown Cairo is an organism that still seems alive back in winter 2009/10, but is becoming increasingly alien even to those born there. Khalid is looking for a flat. He’s a filmmaker. He looks at his images over and over again, as if he were waiting from them to produce some sort of meaning. The stories of his protagonists seem to come from somewhere inside him, he seeks points of reference in the outside world. The more he looks for them, the more they seem to disappear; not abruptly though, but in lengthy moments full of tenderness, such as when he bids farewell to his girlfriend who is leaving him, to his ill mother, to friends who have come to the city to premiere their films.

For them, Cairo is a fixed reference point: One left Baghdad and is now living as a refugee in Berlin, another stayed there, a third lives in troubled Beirut. When they decide to send Khalid video material from their cities, it's not so much about helping him with his film than preserving something they still associate with Cairo via this bond, fully aware that it’s already a fantasy. An almost noiseless film in which time is overtaken by history.

Source: 66. Internationale Filmfestspiele Berlin (Catalogue)


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All Credits

Director:Tamer El Said
Screenplay:Rasha Salti, Tamer El Said
Director of photography:Bassem Fayad
Colour grading:Jorge Piquer Rodriguez
Visual effects:Unai Rosende
Production design:Salah Marei
Set design:Yasser El Husseiny
Costume design:Zeina Kiwan
Editing:Mohamed Abdel Gawad, Vartan Avakian, Barbara Bossuet
Sound design:Victor Bresse
Audio mixing:Mikael Barre
Music:Amélie Legrand, Victor Moïse
Khalid AbdallahKhalid
Laila SamyLaila
Hanan YoussefHanan
Maryam SalehMaryam
Hayder HeloHassan
Basim HajarTarek
Bassem FayadBassem
Ali SobhiAli
Islam KamalCutter
Mohamed GaberGaber
Production company:Zero Productions (Kairo)
in co-production with:Sunnyland Films (EG), Mengamuk Films (Berlin), Autonomous (GB)
Producer:Tamer El Said, Khalid Abdallah
Co-Producer:Hana Al Bayaty, Michel Balagué, Marcin Malaszczak, Cat Villiers
Distributor:Arsenal - Institut für Film und Videokunst e.V. (Berlin)
Original distributor:w o l f Kino (Berlin)
Funding:AFAC - The Arab Fund of Arts and Culture (AE), SANAD Fund (Abu Dhabi), Ford Foundation
Length:118 min
Format:DCP, 1:1,85
Picture/Sound:Farbe, Dolby
Screening:Uraufführung (DE): 14.02.2016, Berlin, IFF - Forum;
Kinostart (DE): 07.09.2017


Originaltitel (DE) In den letzten Tagen der Stadt
Weiterer Titel Akher ayam el madina
Weiterer Titel In the Last Days of the City



Length:118 min
Format:DCP, 1:1,85
Picture/Sound:Farbe, Dolby
Screening:Uraufführung (DE): 14.02.2016, Berlin, IFF - Forum;
Kinostart (DE): 07.09.2017


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