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The Nile Hilton Incident


Grand Jury Prize: World Cinema Dramatic

Sunday, January 29, 10:00 a.m., Eccles Theatre, Park City

Cairo police detective Noredin Mustafa is an ordinary corrupt cop. He’s handed the case of a singer found murdered in a Nile Hilton hotel room and soon discovers the dead woman’s secret relationship with the hotel owner—a wealthy developer and member of parliament. While searching for the only witness, an undocumented Sudanese maid, he’s abruptly ordered to close the case. But Noredin continues, and the investigation leads to an “untouchable” elite who runs the country, immune from justice.

Tarik Saleh’s (Metropia) third feature is a riveting Egypt-inflected noir with the requisite corruption, cynicism, smoking, and forsaken city, where everyone wants their cut. Set on the eve of Egypt’s 2011 uprising, it shrewdly twists the genre to examine political power, decadence, and life on the margins. Its unlikely hero, Noredin, is a hard-drinking, divorced loner who lives off dirty money. But as his father says, “You can’t buy dignity.” Can a corrupt cop mete out justice? Ultimately, Noredin’s moral struggle is overtaken by history. Where in noir corruption breeds corruption, here it breeds revolution.

YEAR 2016

SECTION World Drama

COUNTRY Sweden/Germany/Denmark

RUN TIME 110 min

LANGUAGE Arabic/Dinka

SUBTITLES Yes with English subtitles

COMPANY The Match Factory

EMAIL thania.dimitrakopoulou@matchfactory.de

PHONE +49 1728512109


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Artist Bio

Tarik Saleh

Tarik Saleh was born 1972 in Stockholm. His most recent film, Tommy (2014), was a thriller featuring Moa Gammel, Ola Rapace, and singer/songwriter Lykke Li. Saleh directed and co-wrote Metropia (2009 Venice International Film Festival), featuring Vincent Gallo, Juliette Lewis, and Stellan Skarsgård, and he has co-directed award-winning documentaries, such as Gitmo. Saleh produced the music video I Follow Rivers for Lykke Li, which has had nearly 60 million YouTube views.