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The Yacoubian Building (2006)

Omaret yakobean (original title)
Meditations on corruption, fundamentalism, prostitution, homosexuality, and drugs in central Cairo.

Director:

Marwan Hamed

Writers:

Alaa' Al-Aswany (novel), Wahid Hamid
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Adel Emam ... Zaki El Dessouki
Nour El-Sherif ... Mohammad Azzam
Youssra ... Christine
Essad Youniss ... Dawlat El Dessouky (as Issad Younis)
Ahmad Bedair Ahmad Bedair ... Malaak (as Ahmed Bedeir)
Hind Sabri ... Bothayna (as Hind Sabry)
Khaled El-Sawi ... Hatem Rachid (as Khaled El Sawy)
Khaled Saleh ... Kamal El Fouly
Ahmed Rateb Ahmed Rateb ... Fanous
Somaya El Khashab Somaya El Khashab ... Soad
Bassem Samra ... Abd Raboh
Muhammad Emam ... Taha El Shazly (as Mohamed Imam)
Youssef Dawood Youssef Dawood ... Fekry Abdel Shaheed (as Youseff Daoud)
Talat Zakariyya Talat Zakariyya ... Bar Owner
Yehia El-Fakharany ... Narrator
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Storyline

Cairo: a 70-year-old building of once-luxury flats with tenements on the roof. Zika, an aging libertine, feuds with his sister. Pius Haj Azzam takes a second wife, in secret, to satisfy sexual drive within religious bounds. Bothayna, poor and beautiful, supports her family, wanting to do so with dignity intact. Her former fiancé, Taha, the janitor's son, humiliated by the police, turns to fundamentalism. Hatem, a gay editor, seduces and corrupts a young man from the sticks. Two brothers, Copts, one a tailor and one Zika's factotum, connive for property. Allah is on most everyone's lips, and corruption is in their hearts. European values, both refined and worldly, provide a subtext. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Genres:

Drama

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Official Sites:

Bac Films [France]

Country:

Egypt | France

Language:

Arabic | French | English

Release Date:

21 June 2006 (Egypt) See more »

Also Known As:

The Yacoubian Building See more »

Filming Locations:

Alexandria, Egypt See more »

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Budget:

EGP 18,000,000 (estimated)
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Production Co:

Good News See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color
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Trivia

Official submission of Egypt for the 'Best Foreign Language Film' category of the 79th Academy Awards in 2007. See more »

Goofs

When Hatem is drinking while remembering his youth near the end of the film, he finishes his drink. Seconds later, he finishes it again. See more »

Soundtracks

La Foule
Music by Angel Cabral
Lyrics by Michel Rivgauche
Performed by Édith Piaf
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Beyond all expectations
24 June 2006 | by derin_79See all my reviews

I read the story of Yacoubian Building so I couldn't wait to watch it in the movie theater but I thought it will be like any other story. not as good as the book. I just loved this movie.. the Casting was so genius and every actor did his part in an amazing way. The Old Classic ones and the new generation. Even Mohamed Emam. this is his first movie and he was able to make me believe in him. This movie should be nominated for an Oscar. Even the soundtrack, the picture and the dialog just so good. this movie had me thinking all night about it and made me live it. this movie made me laugh, cry, bothered, It is a masterpiece. I just hope the movie industry in Egypt keeps on bringing those types of movies. those movies which remind us of the 70's movies where at least 2 or 3 big movies stars act together. Now I'm thinking to take the rest of my friends to it so i can be able to watch it second time. It is one of the best movies I've watched this year.


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