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Hawi (2010)

Alexandria with all her charm couldn't convince Youssef to stay alive for more than ten days.


Ibrahim El-Batout
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Credited cast:
Mahmoud Abodoma Mahmoud Abodoma
Rina Aref Rina Aref
Hany El Dakkak Hany El Dakkak ... (as Hany El Dakak)
Sherief El Desouky Sherief El Desouky
Mirette El Hariri Mirette El Hariri ... (as Mirette El Hariry)
Waguih El Laqany Waguih El Laqany
Mohamed El Sayed Mohamed El Sayed
Ibrahim El-Batout
Fady Eskandar Fady Eskandar
Abdel Fattah Hussein Abdel Fattah Hussein
Saeed Kabeel Saeed Kabeel
Mark Lotfy Mark Lotfy
Ayman Massoud Ayman Massoud
Perry Moataz Perry Moataz
Mohamed Nabil Mohamed Nabil


Youssef (40 years old ) gets out of 5 years solitary imprisonment. It seems that they let him out just to hand in the documents that he kept hiding for a long time. In Alexandria, he meets Ibrahim and Fady, with whom he shared the same prison 20 years ago. What unites all the 3 characters is their despair that resembles the eternal sea of Alexandria in its vastness, but Alexandria with all her charm couldn't convince Youssef to stay alive for more than ten days. Written by Anonymous

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Nice idea to show Egypt outside touristic areas, but viewer does not get involved in story
5 February 2011 | by JvH48See all my reviews

I was intrigued by the announcement in the brochure for the Rotterdam filmfestival 2011. I wondered whether it is really possible to start with a number of loose threads, having no obvious connection with each other, and tie it all together in a logical way and with a logical conclusion? Usually you get an exposition of characters and their motives in the beginning, but this is the other way around.

Having seen the end result I find that it does not work out as expected. This setup does not get the viewer involved, because of the missing context and without any basic information what it is that lets the characters tick. A pity, as I applaud the experiment.

As a bonus to the story, we see life as it is in parts of Egypt that don't appear in travel brochures. I found that worth while, incentive enough to stay seated until the end. Indeed, the final parts of the film tied the respective stories together. That does not suffice to recommend all this to others.

Finally, I want to particularly mention the intro of the final song, that I found very moving, and it let me leave the theater with a positive feeling.

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Release Date:

28 October 2010 (Qatar) See more »

Filming Locations:

Alexandria, Egypt


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EGP1,000,000 (estimated)
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Ein Shams Films See more »
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Dolby Digital


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