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 the shadows of war and adversity.
The world premiere of the film was in the 2016 Berlinale, where it received the Caligari Film Prize. Since then, the film has been invited to over 120 festivals around the world, receiving more than 12 international awards from France, Germany, the USA, Poland, Italy, Russia, Argentina and Turkey.
Since its world premiere, In the Last Days of the City has been well received by the international and Arab critics and was included on a number of lists of Best Films of the year. The film won the Critics Award for Best Arab Film in 2016, announced during the Cannes Film Festival. The jury of this award was made up of 24 critics from 15 countries, including Jay Weissberg (Variety) and Deborah Young (The Hollywood Reporter).
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