IN THE LAST DAYS OF THE CITY

CREDITS

Original Title: IN THE LAST DAYS OF THE CITY
Year: 2016
Country: Egypt, Germany, UK
Running time: 118′
Director: Tamer El Said
Screenwriter: Tamer El Said, Rasha Salti
Music: Amélie Legrand, Victor Moïse

Cast: Khalid Abdalla, Laila Samy, Hanan Youssef, Maryam Saleh, Hayder Helo, Basim Hajar, Bassem Fayad, Ali Sobhi, Islam Kamal, Mohamed Gaber
Cinematographer: Bassem Fayad
Editors: Mohamed Abdel Gawad, Vartan Avakian, Barbara Bossuet
Producers: Tamer El Said – Khalid Abdalla
Distributor: Still Moving (Pierre Menahem)
Web: http://stillmoving.fr
Contact: pmenahem@stillmoving.fr

IN THE LAST DAYS OF THE CITY


03.11 | 22:15 | CINES OURENSE PONTEVELLA, GALICINE *
04.11 | 17:30 | CINES OURENSE PONTEVELLA, GALICINE *

Tamer El Said (director) attends to the screening

It’s impossible to tame a city (even  more a Mediterranean or Latino one) so it provides a certain colour. Whenever a big city in historical mutation comes into play against the rigours of the documentarian du jour who hastens to record it urgently in order to save its so-called “disappearing” atmosphere, the tone of crepuscular requiem is lost in detriment of a pleasant formal lust that looks like a collage. In these works grows fertile any element added during the editing process; no matter the order in which elements are placed, if the dictation of the city noise is followed. The music makes its way there. Think of Bolaño and Mexico City with its savage detectives, or Gonzalo García Pelayo’s Vivir en Sevilla. Tamer El Said’s debut feature is an impressive and immature masterpiece of that lineage (also recalling Uri Zoha’s portraits of Jerusalem). This filmmaker intended to record the end of  Hosni Mubarak’s regime, but death betrayed him because life goes on, giving the impression that Cairo always was and will be the best place in the world to be born and grow older because of its constant adolescence.

Álvaro Arroba, programmer and film critic