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Fri Oct 21, 5:30 PM
Director: Tarik Saleh
2022
Sweden, Finland, France
125 minutes
Unclassified 15+

“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)

Presented by

Program Strand World Cinema
Language Arabic
Subtitles English
Director Tarik Saleh
Producer Kristina Aberg, Frederik Zander
Writer Tarik Saleh
Cinematographer Pierre Aïm
Editor Theis Schmidt
Music Krister Linder
Cast Tawfeek Barhum, Fares Fares, Mohammad Bakri
Genre Drama, Religious