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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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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 Vie en Rose
Music by Louiguy
Lyrics by Édith Piaf
Performed by Youssra
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Virtuoso Masterpiece of the Highest Calibre!
8 November 2008 | by Enrique-Sanchez-56See all my reviews

I am still reeling from the dizzying marvel of the grand storytelling of this movie. No movie can be like a book. So I discount all who compare it to a book.

I cared so much for these people, their stories are topical yet universal. The anguishes, the struggles, the personal demons, stay with me...as reminders of the pain of all mankind.

"We are living in the age of deformity" said one of the characters... and so mankind still continues, forming, deforming, renewing itself. When will it end? These are the questions which this film asks of us all. But is the world deformed or - is it we who are deformed? While this movie will not answer such an unanswerable question out loud. We know the truth. But we seldomly face it...Some of us learn our lessons, some do not. But our pasts always come back to haunt us...

I know I've not said anything about the acting, nor the unmatched technical gifts of this movie...but they are what crown this magnificent achievement from the first delicate frame until it's bleak uncompromising ending...

The cinematography, editing, and music must be praised to the rooftops!

***** I recommend this movie to those who are not afraid to see the truth and see it told marvelously.

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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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