To be ordered from Artmattan Productions (www.africanfilm.com)
Language: Arabic with English subtitles
Love at first sight, marriage... Adam and Hanane are deeply infatuated with each other. She, an Egyptian of modest parents, is a journalist. She works for a campaign against a wealthy elite which has thrived by plundering its own people. In Egypt, corruption is everywhere and American interests are gaining control of the country's lucrative tourist trade. Adam's super-rich parents and their friends in government lie at the heart of the system. Margaret, Adam's mother, bears her son a violent and exclusive affection. She is determined to get rid of Hanane, her ¿rival'; but the love Adam bears his wife is proof against her scheming. Adam turns against the global economy of which his parents are such enthusiastic members; he sees through the unscrupulous greed of international speculators and the secret ties which bind them to fanatical fundamentalist sects. Hanane and Adam grow strong in their joint resistance, but the tribute they must pay "the new world order" is a heavy one.
A homeless man dies of an overdose in a popular Cairo neighborhood. He was once an ideal husband and represented security for his family. Then one day, everything changed. Upon his death his friends from the underworld drag the corpse around for a whole night of madness, drinking and hallucinating situations. A game with death where the dead man becomes more alive than the living and fallen angels live according to their own rules, laws and desires in the chaos of the Egyptian capital. The film is based on a famous short story written by the Brazilian writer Jorge Amado.
Best Director and Best Actor, festival of Egyptian Cinema 2000