Nile Hilton Incident

Grand Jury Prize ~ World Cinema Dramatic
Sundance Film Festival


The Nile Hilton Incident

Cairo police detective Noredin Mustafa is an ordinary corrupt cop. He's handed the case of a singer found murdered in a Nile Hilton hotel room and soon discovers the dead woman's secret relationship with the hotel owner, a wealthy developer and member of parliament. While searching for the only witness, an undocumented Sudanese maid, he's abruptly ordered to close the case. But Noredin continues, and the investigation leads to an "untouchable" elite who runs the country, immune from justice.

Tarik Saleh's (
Metropia) third feature is a riveting Egypt-inflected noir with the requisite corruption, cynicism, smoking, and forsaken city, where everyone wants their cut. Set on the eve of Egypt's 2011 uprising, it shrewdly twists the genre to examine political power, decadence, and life on the margins. Its unlikely hero, Noredin, is a hard-drinking, divorced loner who lives off dirty money. But as his father says, "You can't buy dignity." Can a corrupt cop mete out justice? Ultimately, Noredin's moral struggle is overtaken by history. While in noir, corruption breeds corruption, here it breeds revolution.
Not Rated
Arabic, Dinka, English, French
Tarik Saleh
Fares Fares, Mari Malek
Winner, Grand Jury Prize ~ World Cinema Dramatic, Sundance Film Festival
Justin Lowe, Hollywood Reporter

Egypt’s 2011 revolution provides the backdrop for Tarik Saleh’s unforgiving political thriller, which incrementally shifts focus from the grimy back streets of Cairo to the highest levels of parliament in the course of a scandalous murder investigation. Despite a rather generic title, 'The Nile ...

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