“reminded me of John Le Carré” (The Guardian)
|The election of a new Grand Imam at Al-Azhar, Cairo’s leading Islamic institution, touches off a ruthless struggle between the State security apparatus and the clandestine Muslim Brotherhood. Caught in the middle is Adam, a devout but innocent young man who becomes a pawn in a deadly high-stakes game of murder and betrayal.
Tarik Saleh, exiled from Egypt, shot this film off-shore and he certainly pulls no punches in this slow-burning political thriller which carried off the Best Screenplay award at Cannes for its tough-minded approach to the clash between the state and religion.
“boldly anti-clerical, juxtaposing the spectacle of faith with a hidden reality of corruption and hypocrisy” (The Guardian)
A labyrinthine but satisfying thriller… an ambitiously complex story of religious espionage” (Screen International)