IN THE LAST DAYS OF THE CITY
by Tamer El Said
Tamer El Said’s ambitious debut feature tells the fictional story of a filmmaker from downtown Cairo played by Khalid Abdalla (The Kite Runner, United 93, Green Zone, Tigers, 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 and life in cities shaped by the shadows of war and adversity.
Tamer El Said is a filmmaker living in Cairo where he was born in 1972. He studied filmmak- ing in the High Cinema Institute – Cairo and journalism in Cairo University. He went on to make many documentaries and short films that received several international and local awards. Tamer founded Zero Production in 2007 to produce independent films. He also founded, along with others, Cimatheque – Alternative Film Centre in Egypt. In the Last Days of the City is his first feature length film.
CAST AND CREW
Egypt, Germany, UK, UAE, 2016 / 118 min / Arabic with English subtitles / Director Tamer El Said / Producers Tamer El Said, Khalid Abdalla / Co-Producers Hana Al Bayaty, Marcin Malaszczak, Michél Balagué, Cat Villiers / Screenplay Tamer El Said, Rasha Salti / DoP Bassem Fayad / Art Direction Salah Marei / Editors Mohamed Abdel Gawad, Vartan Avakian, Barbara Bossuet / Music Amélie Legrand, Victor Moïse / Sound Mixing Mikael Barre / Sound Designer Victor Bresse / Colour Grading Jorge Piquer Rodriguez / Costume Zeina Kiwan / Visual Effects Unai Rosende / Principle cast: Khalid Abdalla, Hanan Youssef, Maryam Saleh, Laila Samy, Hayder Helo, Basim Hajar, Bassem Fayad, Ali Sobhi, Islam Kamel, Mohamed Gaber / With Zeinab Mostafa, Etimad Youssef and Abla Fadila.
The film was co-written by Rasha Salti and Tamer El Said. It is produced by Tamer El Said and Khalid Abdalla, alongside co-producers Hana Al Bayaty, Michel Balagué (Sieniawka, My Love Awaits Me by the Sea, Face B), Marcin Malaczszak (Sieniawka, The Days Run Away Like Wild Horses Over the Hills) and Cat Villiers (The Proposition, No Man’s Land, The Nar- row Frame of Midnight, Tigers, The Last Photograph). It is also the last film of the legendary Production Designer Salah Marei (Al Mummia/The Night of Counting the Years) who passed away in 2011.
It is a Zero Production Film made in co-production with Sunnyland Film – an ART (Arab Radio and Television) company, Mengamuk Films and Autonomous.
It will be released in Egypt by Zawya Distribution (www.zawyacinema.com), and in Germany by w o l f, a new space for film set to open this spring (www.wolfberlin.org).
It was made with the financial support of The World Cinema Fund, SANAD – The Develop- ment and Post-Production Fund of twofour54 Abu Dhabi, AFAC – The Arab Fund for Arts and Culture, Cinereach, The Ford Foundation, The Global Film Initiative, The Cultural Resource, Fonds Francophone Audiovisuelle du Sud, the Cultural Department of the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Cairo, and the Goethe-Insitut Cairo.
The film is also a recipient of the 2015 Torino Film Lab World Distribution Award, the 2010 Carthage CNC Prize for Work In Progress, and the 2014 Takmil JCC Post-Production award (Journées Cinématographiques de Carthage).