Hana is seeking mental peace and physical respite after an overwhelming period spent working at a clinic in Ramtha, on the Jordanian-Syrian border, where she specialised in treating victims wounded in the war in Syria. She finds solace in majestic Luxor, Egypt, where she lived in her 20s and dated a handsome archeologist, Sultan, who was also studying there. On this nostalgic solo trip, she lingers through memory-filled hotel lobbies and ancient sites as she begins to grapple with her grief and her emotions from the war—but when she runs into Sultan on a ferry crossing unexpectedly, the chemistry is undeniable.
Writer/director Zeina Durra returns to the Sundance Film Festival (The Imperialists Are Still Alive!, 2010) with a restrained story of romance post-trauma. Andrea Riseborough shines as the naturally playful and delicately subdued Hana, a woman longing for intimacy and struggling to rebirth love. The city serves not only as the film’s setting but also as a point of remembrance and as an ode to the past, as Luxor honors the belief in energies, timing, and the magic of second chances.
CATEGORY World Cinema Dramatic Competition
COUNTRY Egypt/United Kingdom
RUN TIME 85 min
LANGUAGE English and Arabic
SUBTITLES Yes with English subtitles
COMPANY Film Clinic