Film Series: Cairo Through Cinema
Cairo Through Cinema: “Adrift on the Nile”
Wednesday, October 19 · 6:30pm – 8:30pm
“Adrift on the Nile”
Directed by Hussein Kamal
Egypt, 1971, 115mins
Arabic with English subtitles
In “Adrift on the Nile” we meet a group of hedonistic middle-aged friends who gather each night on a luxurious houseboat for dancing, love-making and smoking hashish. When a young news reporter visits the houseboat to write a story on the group, she is outraged to learn the tragic depths of their social alienation.
Based on the novel by the Nobel Laureate Naguib Mahfouz, this 1971 production offers a revealing look at the Egyptian elite on the eve of the 1967 War. By this time, Nasser had ushered in an age of enormous social change, leaving the sons and daughters of the old bourgeoisie high and dry.
Directed by Hussein Kamal, “Adrift on the Nile” features the atmospheric cinematography of Mostapha Emam and a delightful musical number in color.