A record budget, an all-star cast, a script based on a best seller: most 28-year-old novices aren’t handed this kind of project, especially in Egypt, where the novel’s subjects – government corruption, Islamic fundamentalism, homosexuality – are taboo on screen. But the gamble pays off in this sprawling and compelling epic set in a downtown Cairo building that is a symbol of modern Egypt.
Original title: OMARET YAKOBEAN
2005 – 2h12 – Drama – Egypt
With: Adel Imam, Youssra, Nour El-Sherif, Issad Younis, Ahmed Bedir, Hind Sabry