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The Nile Hilton Incident
Start Date: 9/15/2017Start Time: 7:00 PM
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Event Description:

A crime and a story…

Exclusive to MDC's Tower Theater in Miami-Dade!

A film by Tarik Saleh
Cast: Fares Fares, Mari Malek, Yaser Aly Maher, Slimane Daze, Ahmed Seleem, Mohamed Yousry

Sweden, Denmark, Germany| 2017 | 107 min | Thriller | Not Rated
In English, Arabic and Dinka with English Subtitles

Noredin, an ordinary corrupt police officer, cruises down the crowded streets in his police car, his partner Momo behind the wheel. Street market stalls line the sidewalks, faintly greenish light illuminates their wares: pirated perfumes and brand-name knock-offs. Vendors salute the slowly passing police cruiser, a few men run up to the window trying to get their complaints heard. Noredin makes the round, accepting bribes. These are his streets. It’s a protection racket – the payoffs keep the vendors from being harassed by the police themselves. Gansters in uniform.

Inside the NILE HILTON Salwa, 19, just another invisible, undocumented Sudanese member of the housekeeping staff, is maneuvering her cleaning cart down the corridors. Its early morning and she can hear a fight inside one of the rooms. A man’s voice and a woman’s louder. The door opens and a man leaves the room, fiddling with the clasp of his Rolex watch. The woman’s voice calls out “You promised!” before the door closes behind him. The man’s eyes meet Salwa’s, then he looks away. Noredin is called into the Nile Hilton Hotel. Lalena, a famous singer, is founded brutally murdered. When Noredin flips trhough her receipts, a certain one catches his eyes – a photo developing pick – up receipt.

It turns out that one of the most powerful business tycoons, Hatem Shafiq, might be involved in the murder. As a personal friend of the president and a member of the parliament, Shafiq has immunity, he belongs to a group called “The Untouchables”. What initially seems to be a crime of passion turns into something that concerns the very power elite of Egypt.

Tensions have reached a breakpoint. As the police clashes with protestors, the revolution hits full swing. The streets are filled with people defying the curtfew. When Noredin decides to break the rules to obtain justice, he not only collides with the system, but also with himself.

Screenplay: Tarik Saleh
Producer(s): Kristina Åberg
Cinematography: Pierre Aïm
Editing: Theis Schmidt
Composer: Krister Linder

2017 Art Film Festival:
Official Selection
2017 Seattle International Film Festival: Official Selection
2017 Sundance Film Festival: Won, Grand Jury Prize

“The Nile Hilton Incident, a noirish story of cops, class, and corruption, could have been set in New York in the ‘40s, London in the ‘70s, or Russia today. But instead, it’s set in Cairo in January 2011.” – Andrew Todd, Birth Movies Death | full review

“It is a realistic mystery in the sense that sometimes the corrupt people don’t get punished, sometimes the innocent die and nothing is done and that good guys don’t really exist. It’s a captivating story with a hell of an ending.” – Kaitlyn Booth, Bleeding Cool | full review

“It is the perfect place to explore how a brutal murder can become a mere “incident”, how a life can mean so little and how justice can be outraged in so many ways by the very people tasked with protecting it.” – Stefan Dobroiu, | full review

“This is an effective story that is happily light on melodrama, one in which the audience would not be too concerned about who actually did the killings but rather on why so little is done to prosecute the criminals.” – Harvey Karten, Compuserve Film | full review

“The Nile Hilton Incident does nothing less than present an evidentiary case for why Tahrir Square exploded in fury in early 2011, which is the exact note the film ends on. That the telling is so masterful — Tarik Saleh is confirmed as a major Cinema talent” – David Leitner, Filmmaker Magazine | full review

“In the final weeks before the regime of President Hosni Mubarak collapses in the face of overwhelming demonstrations and crippling labor strikes, the well-greased wheels of corruption are still grinding away in the back alleys of Cairo.” – Justin Lowe, Hollywood reporter | full review

“In one movie Saleh touches upon so many complicated storylines, and never fails to deliver them.” –  Ulkar Alakbarova, MOVIEMOVESME | full review

“Corruption has always been around and will continue to push down those with no power, but figuring out ways to circumvent that is how a society can thrive.” – Mike Shutt, Reel Projection | full review

“Like the finest noir, what springs forth from Saleh’s film is the dreary belief that the bad sleep well while the rest are left to suffer in the streets.” – Nick Schager, Variety | full review




Location Information:
Tower Theater  (View Map)
1508 S.W. 8th Street
Miami, FL 33135
Phone: (305) 643-8706
Contact Information:
Name: Orlando Rojas
Phone: (305) 237-7801
Admission Information
11.50, General admission
$ 9, Seniors, Non-MDC Students, MDC Staff
$ 7, MDC students, Tower Theater and Miami Film Society members
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Free parking available behind the theater
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