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Egypt's film In the Last Days of the City to screen at New York festival

After winning Berlinale’s Caligari independent prize, the film will screen at the prestigious New Directors/New Films festival in March

Ahram Online , Wednesday 24 Feb 2016
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Still from In The Last Days of the City (Photo: the film's press material)
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Directed by Tamer El-Said and starring Khalid Abdalla, the film 'In the Last Days of the City' will be screened at New York’s New Directors/New Films festival.

The Film Society of Lincoln Center and The Museum of Modern Art collaborate to create the New Directors/New Films festival, which celebrates and introduces new cinematic talents to the public.

The festival runs between 16 and 27 March, during which the film will be screened twice, on 26 March at the Walter Reade Theater and on 27 March at MoMA Titus 2.

The Film Society is also behind the New York Film Festival. Across the past four decades, the Film Society takes credit for introducing many of the now-established big names to American audiences, including Martin Scorsese, Rainer Werner Fassbinder, Pedro Almodóvar, Spike Lee and Wes Anderson.

In the Last Days of the City recently had its world premiere at the 46th Berlinale, where it won the Caligari Film Prize.

The film was chosen as the only entry by an Egyptian director to take part in Berlinale’s Forum section.

The shooting of the film began in 2008, taking the filmmakers to Cairo, Alexandria, Beirut, Baghdad and Berlin, bringing together many talents from the Arab world, to tell the story of a Cairo-based film-maker struggling to make a film about the city, which is in a state of uproar.

Co-produced by Zero Production, the film was written by El-Said and Rasha Salti. The film's art director is the late renowned artist Salah Marei.

A graduate in film direction from the High Institute of Cinema in 2008, El-Said is an Egyptian filmmaker, writer and producer who lives and works in Cairo.


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