Filmfest 2017

German Age Rating

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Cairo, January 2011: The corpse of a singer is found in the eponymous Nile Hilton hotel. Police detective Noredin Mustafa delves into a world that makes moderately corrupt cops like himself look squeaky-clean: Apparently the victim entertained her male customers with more than her voice, producing a wealth of potential blackmail material against rich and powerful clients. Soon Mustafa is warned not to stick his nose in places where it doesn’t belong. As the thrill of revolution begins to spread in the capital, the dogged cop keeps hunting his only witness, a Sudanese maid who’s gone into hiding. The neo-noir thriller shot in Casablanca, Marrakesh and Erfurt won the Grand Prize in the World Cinema section at Sundance.

tags: Arab World, Society, Feature film, Thriller, Crime/Murder

Cast: Fares Fares, Mari Malek, Yaser Aly Maher, Slimane Dazi, Ahmed Seleem


Screenplay: Tarik Saleh

Director of Photography: Pierre Aïm

Film Editor: Theis Schmidt

Composer: Krister Linder

Production Designer: Roger Rosenberg

Costume Design: Louize Nissen

Sound: Marc Meusinger

Producer: Kristina Åberg

Production Company: ostlicht filmproduktion GmbH

Co-Producer: Marcel Lenz, Guido Schwab, Monica Hellström, Signe Byrge Sørensen

Co-Production Company: Atmo Produktion AB, Final Cut for Real ApS

World Sales: The Match Factory GmbH

Distributor: Port au Prince Pictures

Director: Tarik Saleh


Tarik Saleh was born in Stockholm in 1972. He produced the hit video for the song “I Follow Rivers“ by Lykke Li and co-directed doc GITMO (2009) about the torture methods at Abu Ghraib and Guantanamo Bay. His darkly mysterious animated film METROPIA won the Future Film Festival Digital Award at Venice 2009.