The Yacoubian Building
With the adress «Yacoubian building», Suleiman Basha Street, as the only common factor, Egyptians from all classes and layers of society are tied together by similar intrigues and problems. In a seemingly secular society, people's practices and beliefs are put to the test daily. Religious differences and ancient prejudice still make life harder than need be. Skipping between the different plots, gradually letting us understand each character's mindset, this film is fascinating and eye-opening. Welcome to Modern Egypt 101.
Educated at Higher Institute of Cinema, Marwan Hamed has worked as assistant director for many of Egypt's most highly renowned directors. In 2001 his shortfilm LILLY won the Audience Award at Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival. THE YACOUBIAN BUILDING, his first feature film, has been well received everywhere, and was Egypt's official submission to Academy Awards for Best Foreign Language Film. You'll probably hear more from this man.