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.
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Official submission of Egypt for the 'Best Foreign Language Film' category of the 79th Academy Awards in 2007. See more
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
Music by Angel Cabral
Lyrics by Michel Rivgauche
Performed by Édith Piaf See more
21 June 2006 (Egypt)
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Also Known As:
The Yacoubian Building
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Cumulative Worldwide Gross: $2,414,837
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