• Mercedes
Type : Fiction
Original title : Marcides
Principal country concerned : Column : Cinema/tv
Year of production : 1993
Format : Feature
Running time : 105 (in minutes)

During a cocktail party in Cairo one evening, lovely Warda falls for an African diplomat who promptly leaves her pregnant. Her mother, learning the news, forces her to marry a rich, old Egyptian to "save the family honour". Fortunately, the child is born white, only his blond hair belies a genetic joke. In memory of her fugitive lover, Warda names the child Noubi who, after a wild and idealistic childhood (he wants to bequeath his fortune to the Egyptian Left !), is locked up in a psychiatric hospital. When he is released, Noubi returns to his now widowed mother who lives with a very simplistic notion of society : "There are two kinds of people : those who have a Mercedes and those who dream of having one". Later, an inspector asks Noubi to find Gamal, his alleged cousin, a homosexual who works as a painter and leads a delinquent's existence. Noubi learns that Gamal is in fact his own brother. Noubi then meets lovely Afifa and falls in love with her, because she is the spitting image of his mother !...

Type: Feature Film
Language: Arabic with English Subtitles

Director Yousry NASRALLAH
Writer: Yousry Nasrallah
Camera: Ramses Marzouk
Sound: Gamil Aziz
Music: Mohamed Nouh
Editor: Rachida Abdel Salam
Cast: Yousra, Zaki Abdel Wahab, Abla Kamel, Seif Eddine
Producer: Misr International Films

1993 - 35 mm - Colour- 108 min

"Superstylized! Nasrallah creates an ironic, campy and complex yarn." - Howard Feinstein, The Independent Film & Video Monthly

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