Run time: 111 mins
Approx advert and trailer run time: 25 mins
Film run time: 1h 51m
Winner of the World Cinema Grand Jury Prize at last year’s Sundance Festival, The Nile Hilton Incident takes the real life events of the Arab Spring, and places them in a story and style that wouldn’t seem out of place in a classic LA film noir.
Weeks before the 2011 Egyptian revolution, Noredin (Fares Fares), a police officer in Cairo’s corrupt system, investigates the murder of a famous club singer at the Nile Hilton Hotel. What initially seems to be a crime of passion turns into something that concerns the very power elite of Egypt.
The film is filled with textures, drawing parallels between the city’s rising tensions and the anti-hero’s crumbling personal prospects, managing to remain a moody and atmospheric private eye-style mystery, while offering more insight into the final days of Mubarak’s presidency than any documentary could ever manage.
Fares is an absolutly compelling screen presence, while Swedish/Egyptian writer and director Tarik Saleh’s gritty style and thought-provoking script will leave you engaged and tense throughout.