Berlinale

In The Last Days Of The City (Akher Ayam El Medina)

Synopsis
In the fading grandeur of downtown Cairo, Khalid, a 35-year-old filmmaker is struggling to make a film that captures the pulse of his city at a moment when all around him dreams as well as buildings are disintegrating. With the help of his friends who send him footage from their lives in Beirut, Baghdad and Berlin, he finds the strength to keep going through the difficulty and beauty of living In the Last Days of the City.

Director’s note
In the winter of 2007 I started working on this film, driven by a need to understand my relationship with Cairo, the city where I live and that has made me what I am. I was haunted by a strong and peculiar feeling shared by everyone in the Arab world that we can’t keep going like this - the end is near. We longed for it to bring a new beginning, while fearing it would take with it everything we loved. I finished shooting in December 2010. Six weeks later the entire world was watching Cairo. It seemed that what we had been longing for was happening. Now, three years later I am finishing the film wondering how these images could feel so close and yet so far away and how nothing seems to change while everything is changing.


World premiere
Berlin International Film Festival 2016, Forum


Key Festivals and Awards
Caligari Award, Berlin International Film Festival 2016
Best Director, BAFICI 2016, Grand Prix, T-Mobile New Horizons International Film Festival 2016
BFI London Film Festival 2016
Indie Lisboa International Film Festival 2016

Egypt 2016
Director: Tamer El Said
Producers: Zero Production (Egypt), Sunnyland Film (Egypt), Autonomous (UK), Mengamuk Films (Germany)
German WCF partner: Mengamuk Films
World sales: Still Moving (France)

Funded in the WCF Jury meeting in November 2013
Funding amount: 20.000 €