Nile Hilton Incident, The
Thursday, 28.09., 8:00 p.m., Cinecittà
A gripping neo-noir thriller from Egypt. The police agent Noredin is sent to investigate a case that is closed before he can even begin. The death of a famous singer in the luxury Nile Hilton hotel in Cairo is declared a suicide even though an eyewitness has a different view and the scene of the crime points to another conclusion. Noredin starts to dig deeper – fascinated by the beauty of the late singer and driven by an inexplicable sense of justice. He refuses to be a small cog in a corrupt system any longer.
Talek Saleh masterfully employs the conventions of neo-noir cinema to create a work that also has a political dimension. Noredin’s investigation takes him to the highest echelons of a country that is in a deep crisis. In 2011, the demonstrations on Tahrir Square gain in intensity. The revolution and the overthrowing of President Hosni Mubarak get closer.
Tarik Saleh was born in Stockholm in 1972 and started his career as a graffiti artist. He produced the hit video for the song “I Follow Rivers“ by Lykke Li and co-directed doc GIitmo (2009) about the torture methods at Abu Ghraib and Guantanamo Bay. His darkly mysterious animated film Metropia won the Future Film Festival Digital Award at Venice 2009.