In The Last Days Of The City, the debut feature of filmmaker Tamer El Said, 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.
Winner of the Caligari Award (Berlinale Forum), the film has screened at over 120 film festivals worldwide and will open at MoMA in New York on April 27 and at Laemmle Monica Film Center in Los Angeles on May 11th. Other cities will follow.
In The Last Days Of The City is a haunting, lyrical chronicle of recent years in the Arab world where revolutions seemed to spark hope for change and yield further instability in one stroke. Khalid Abdalla (The Kite Runner, The Square), plays the protagonist – a filmmaker in Cairo attempting to capture the zeitgeist of his city as the world changes around him – from personal love and loss, to the fall of the Mubarak regime. Throughout, friends send footage and stories from Berlin, Baghdad, and Beirut, creating a powerful, multilayered meditation on the meaning of homeland. Shot 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.