In the Last Days of the City

Best First Feature Award
Berlin International Film Festival
Caligari Film Award
Berlin International Film Festival
Without doubt, the most important film in Egyptian cinema, if not Arab cinema, in a very long time.


In the Last Days of the City

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 Runner, The 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 war and adversity.

“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, Hollywood Reporter

“A proud requiem to the bustling metropolis.” Guardian

“A poetic travelogue... A soulful performance... The film is already a period piece." Independent
Not Rated
Tamer El Said
Khalid Abdalla, Hanan Youssef
Nominee, Best First Feature Award, Berlin International Film Festival
Winner, Caligari Film Award, Berlin International Film Festival
Deborah Young, Hollywood Reporter

It’s hard to watch' In the Last Days of the City' ('Akher ayam el Medina'), Tamer El Said’s searingly poignant farewell to the Cairo where he grew up, without thinking of Bertolucci’s 'Before the Revolution.' Though the contests are radically different, the underlying sentiment is the same: "He who ...

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