Arabian Nights
Egypt / 2004 / Arabic dialogue with English subtitles / Colour / 35 mm / 113 minutes
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Setting the scene with a number of close-ups, Hana Khalil, one of the new wave of young Egyptian directors, segues into suspense drama that brings modern-day Cairo to life. Salma, lonely after the unexpected death of her mother, begins receiving a series of anonymous letters, complete with old pictures and cassettes of her beloved singer Mohammed Mounir. Moving between the contrasting neighborhoods of uptown Maadi and sprawling, down-at-heel Shobra, she sets off to unravel the mystery. First-time director Khalil masterfully describes Salma's set of friends and family plus cairo's various social circles in bold, original, yet highly accessible, picture.


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