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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 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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Drama

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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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A Masterpiece!!!
24 June 2006 | by walidh88See all my reviews

Omaret Yakobean is my new favorite movie because well everything about it is done perfectly, as in acting, music, storyline, characters... Also, it tackles so many issues and problems in the Egyptian society from corruption, to prostitution to homosexuality to many other things, things that the Egyptian cinema has been too conservative, or "shy" to handle because they are all taboo. But no! this movie tackles all these issues in an upfront and honest, yet classy and sophisticated way. However I have to point out that Mohammad Imam's performance was somewhat shaky, but he overall gave an OK performance for his first movie. On the whole, this movie is a breakthrough for the Egyptian cinema and in my opinion the best movie ever made in the history of the Arab cinema. Hopefully, more movies of that genre will be made in the future because every second of that movie was entertaining in every aspect and i was enjoying it until the very last second, and i even didn't want it to finish.this movie is just BEAUTIFUL!!!


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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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Box Office

Budget:

EGP18,000,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$2,414,837
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color
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