Tamer El Said’s In the Last Days of the City will represent Egypt in the International Competition of the 38th Cairo International Film Festival, to be held from September 15th to 24th, 2016.
In the Last Days of the City is the first feature fiction film by young director Tamer El Said, known for his documentaries. Mixing fiction and documentary, the movie narrates the story of Khalid, a filmmaker struggling to make a film that captures the soul of a city that is no longer what it used to be, while facing potential eviction from his house and problems with the woman he loves. He wishes to leave and flee the city, but when he reaches his friends in other Arab capitals such as Beirut or Baghdad, he realizes than they their condition is not better than his.
Tamer El Said has received a grant from the ‘Culture Resource’ organization, to produce his first feature film A Long Film on Sorrow, whose title was subsequently changed into In the Last Days of the City. The movie screened in the 66th Berlin Film Festival’s New Cinema Forum (11-20 February 2016). It has also received the Caligari Film Prize; the Best Director award at Buenos Aires International Festival of Independent Cinema (BAFICI), one of the most important independent film festivals in Latin America; and the Grand Prix of the New Horizons Film Festival in Wroclaw (Poland).
The film has been written by Rasha Salti and Tamer El Said, and features Egyptian actors Khalid Abdalla, Laila Samy, Hanan Youssef, Maryam Saleh, Ali Sobhi, Iraqi actor Basim Hajar and Lebanese Bassem Fayad. It is also the last film of the legendary production designer Salah Marei, who supervised the locations and decors alongside art director Yasser al-Husseini.