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In the Last Days of the City (Akher ayam el madina) (2018)

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Downtown Cairo is an organism that still seems alive back in winter 2009/10, but is becoming increasingly alien even to those born there. Khalid is looking for a flat. He's a filmmaker. He looks at his images over and over again, as if he were waiting from them to produce some sort of meaning. The stories of his protagonists seem to come from somewhere inside him, he seeks points of reference in the outside world. The more he looks for them, the more they seem to disappear; not abruptly though, but in lengthy moments full of tenderness, such as when he bids farewell to his girlfriend who is leaving him, to his ill mother, to friends who have come to the city to premiere their films. For them, Cairo is a fixed reference point: One left Baghdad and is now living as a refugee in Berlin, another stayed there, a third lives in troubled Beirut. When they decide to send Khalid video material from their cities, it's not so much about helping him with his film than preserving something they still associate with Cairo via this bond, fully aware that it's already a fantasy. An almost noiseless film in which time is overtaken by history.

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The air is thick with tension, regret, and promise in the Cairo of "In the Last Days of the City," the plaintive, remarkably self-assured debut feature from Egyptian director Tamer El Said.

May 2, 2018 | Full Review…

An immersive visual experience with a wisp of a story and a wellspring of ideas.

April 26, 2018 | Full Review…

Whether "In the Last Days of the City" ultimately comes together as a feature is open to debate, but this is a film of beauty and skill.

April 26, 2018 | Full Review…

The result is a city requiem rather than a city symphony, a plangent, multi-layered dirge to the sensory overload of the capital, and as such will be best appreciated by those who know the city.

December 18, 2017 | Full Review…

Though the story is fictional, the imagery is grounded in a powerful documentary reality.

December 18, 2017 | Full Review…

"Last Days of the City" is a moody film, only lightly guided by plot, and often more concerned with atmosphere than story.

June 1, 2018 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

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