June 2017, distribution news

"Akher ayam el madina / In the Last Days of the City"

by Tamer El Said, opens September 7, 2017 accompanied by the Caligari Award tour

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 a filmmaker. He looks at his images over and over again, as if he were waiting for 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 visit.

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. (Forums catalog, Stefanie Schulte Strathaus)

Homepage with trailer: www.tagederstadt.com

Screenings in Berlin in the presence of the director
August 31: Preview at Mobile Kino at the Griessmühle
September 07: Wolf Kino, Neukölln
September 08: KLICK Kino, Charlottenburg 
September 17: Screening plus Workshop at silent green Kulturquartier

Winner Caligari Filmaward 2016
Caligari-Tour
in the presence of the director:
September 10, 7pm, Kinemathek Karlsruhe
September 11, 8pm, Caligari FilmBühne
October 16, 8.30pm, City46, Bremen
October 17, 8pm, Cine k, Oldenburg

AWARDS
Caligari Award, Berlinale Forum
Best Film Arab Critics Award
Grand Prix, New Horizons
Best Director, Bafici
Best Film, Festival des 3 Continents
Best Film & Youth Audience Prize, Nantes Les 3 Continents
UNESCO Cultural Diversity Award

Festivals (2016)
BERLINALE; NEW DIRECTORS NEW FILMS; VILNIUS; BAFICI; INDIE LISBOA; SUBVERSIVE FILM FEST ZAGREB; TIFF - CLUJ; MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS BOSTON; OLHAR DE CINEMA - CURITIBA; NEW HORIZONS; SAO PAULO ARAB FILM FEST; WORLD CINEMA AMSTERDAM; PORTO ALEGRE; BUENOS AIRES LATIN ARAB; MILANO (LA VIE DEL CINEMA); EURASIA, ALMATY; MINNEAPOLIS ARAB FILM FEST; ARAB CAMERA FEST ROTTERDAM; SAN FRANCISCO ARAB FILM FEST; VIENNALE; CPH; OURENSE; FILM AFRICA LONDON; AFRICA IN MOTION SCOTLAND; GENEVE TOUS ECRANS; NANTES 3 CONTINENTS; BRISBANE ASIA PACIFIC FEST; REC TARRAGONA; PRAGUE GOETHE INSTITUTE; BERKELEY FILM MUSEUM; MONA FILM FEST, ANTWERP; IF ISTANBUL; CINEMAFRICA STOCKHOLM

Tamer El Said was born in Cairo (Egypt). He studied Film Directing at the High Institute of Cinema, graduating in 1998 with Honourable Mention, and received his Diploma in 2002. He has worked as 1st AD on some of Egypt’s bigger feature films, directed commercials, taught and worked as a producer for a number of production companies. He has directed numerous award winning shorts and documentaries. In 2007 he founded his own company Zero Production, an independent production company in Cairo. Zero Production supports independent filmmakers in Cairo and the region whether directly producing, lending equipment or offering work space. El Said is co-founder of the Cimatheque, an alternative film centre in Cairo.

The Film is distributed in Germany by Wolf Kino GmbH in cooperation with Arsenal – Institute for Film and Video Art. For bookings please contact arsenal distribution.

Akher ayam el madina / In the Last Days of the City
Land/Year: Egypt, Germany, UK, UAE 2016. Format: DCP, Blu-ray. Length: 118 Min. Language: Arabic. Language version: OV with German subtitles. Director: Tamer El Said. Screenplay: Tamer El Said & Rasha Salti. Director of Photography: Bassem Fayad. Editors: Mohamed A. Gawad; Vartan Avakian & Barbara Bossuet . Production Designer: Salah Marei. Sound Mix: Mikael Barre . Sound Designer: Victor Bresse. Music: Amélie Legrand, Victor Moïse. Colour Grading: Jorge Piquer Rodriguez. Visual Effects: Unai Rosende. Art Director: Yasser El Husseiny. Costume: Zeina Kiwan. Cast: Khalid Abdalla, Laila Samy, Hanan Youssef, Maryam Saleh.Producers: Tamer El Said, Khalid Abdalla. Co-producers: Hana Al Bayaty, Michel Balagué, Marcin Malaszczak, Cat Villiers. Produced by: Zero Production in co-production with Sunnyland films. Mengamuk Films. Autonomous. World Premier: Februar 14, 2016, Berlinale Forum