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18th September 2018 DATCHET VILLAGE HALL

THE NILE HILTON INCIDENT

Sweden/Germany/Denmark 111 mins Cert.15

Noredine Fares Fares Director Tarik Saleh
Salwa Mari Malek Screenplay Tarik Saleh
Hatem Shafiq Ahmed Salim Cinematographer Pierre Aim
General Kamal Mostafa Yaser Ali Maher Editor Theis Schmidt
Nagy
Gina
Clinton
Hichem Yacoubi
Hania Amar
Ger Duany
Music
Krister Linder

In 2011 Cairo, corruption infects everything. The president, Hosni Mubarak, heads a government so wantonly crooked it has brought hordes of protestors out to the street to demand his removal. The dishonesty trickles down into all powerful bodies, including, especially, the police.

Fares Fares is Noredin, a Cairo detective who has risen through the ranks via nepotism. He takes a very casual view of the law. He’ll demand a bribe or steal cash from a dead body without a second thought or a nervous glance. That’s just the way things work. Getting rich is more important than doing right. Noredin has a sudden attack of conscience following the murder of a famous singer. A cleaning lady witnessed the killing, but Noredin’s superiors want to brush it off as a suicide, because to investigate would throw suspicion on some very powerful, very rich men.

The Nile Hilton Incident poster



Tarik Saleh gives his film an oppressively real feel. You can almost smell the thick cigarette smoke in every room and even the glamorous clubs where the rich lock themselves away from the poor are sordid and dusty. His characters are archetypes – the detective alone in the world; a prostitute who puts her life too easily in the hands of the wrong man – put into an unfamiliar, vividly drawn world that gives a familiar story new energy.

It has the twistiness and nihilism of an Egyptian Chinatown. Hope is in scant supply. The right thing is rarely done and when it’s not, few care. Noredin’s investigation is not so much a hunt for who done it, because we know from the first minutes who is responsible, but a fight to try to hold someone accountable. He’s swimming against a tide that wants to wash away all dissent. Saleh frequently throws the action in among rolling street protests, showing Noredin’s fight as just one tiny battle in an entire country screaming that enough is enough. We see little evidence that those screams are being heard, but their growing volume represents some sort of hope.

Olly Richards at www.empireonline.com