FILM. “The Yacoubian Building”. 6:30 P.M. Wednesday, Nov. 30. Olin LC 115.

Cairo through Cinema: “The Yacoubian Building”

Wednesday, November 30th

6:30 P.M. Olin LC 115

“The Yacoubian Building”
directed by Marwan Hamed, Egypt, 2006
161 min.

“Cairo: a 70-year-old building of once-luxury flats with tenements on the roof. Zika, an aging libertine, feuds with his sister. Pius Haj Azzam takes a second wife, in secret, to satisfy sexual drive within religious bounds. Bothayna, poor and beautiful, supports her family, wanting to do so with dignity intact. Her former fiancé, Taha, the janitor’s son, humiliated by the police, turns to fundamentalism. Hatem, a gay editor, seduces and corrupts a young man from the sticks. Two brothers, Copts, one a tailor and one Zika’s factotum, connive for property. Allah is on most everyone’s lips, and corruption is in their hearts. European values, both refined and worldly, provide a subtext.”

 

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