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Decor (2014)

This unique black and white film is a psychological drama about an Egyptian production designer named Maha. The film takes an unnerving turn when she finds herself transported into a ... See full summary »

Director:

Ahmad Abdalla

Writers:

Mohamed Diab, Sheren Diab (screenplay) (as Sherin Diab)
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Cast

Cast overview:
Kal Naga ... Cherif (as Khaled Abol Naga)
Maged El-Kidwani ... Mustapha (as Maged El Kedwany)
Houria Farghally ... Maha (as Horeya Farghaly)
Samar Morsi Samar Morsi ... Herself
Mahmoud Hamdy Mahmoud Hamdy ... Maha's brother
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This unique black and white film is a psychological drama about an Egyptian production designer named Maha. The film takes an unnerving turn when she finds herself transported into a completely different persona-a married housewife. This original piece remarkably captures the loneliness faced by some sufferers of mental illness, as well as the challenges faced by their loved ones. Filmmaker Ahmad Abdalla (Rags and Tatters, LFF 2013) fashions a beautiful tribute to the golden era of 1940s and 1950s Egyptian cinema. Abdalla shows plenty of aesthetic invention that has rightly seen him hailed as the leader of the critically acclaimed new independent Egyptian cinema. Written by new century production

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Official Sites:

New Centure [Egypt]

Country:

Egypt

Language:

Arabic

Release Date:

18 September 2014 (Egypt) See more »

Filming Locations:

Cairo, Egypt

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Budget:

$800,000 (estimated)
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Production Co:

New Century Production See more »
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Dolby Digital
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Horeya Farghaly wore no make-up at any point in the film. See more »

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References Ayyamine el helwa (1955) See more »

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A love letter to Egyptian cinema
14 October 2014 | by reev0See all my reviews

An art director on a B-movie, unhappy with its low standards, finds herself imagining that she is the central character in the film, living a different life...

Not a wholly novel premise (although it does - eventually - end up somewhere unexpected), and at least 20 minutes too long. In its favour, the director's decision to shoot in unflashy monochrome gives it a pleasingly old-fashioned feel, and the cast is excellent - especially Horeya Farghaly, who is the focus of every scene. The burden of making the film feel believable falls on her, and she bears it well.

The film is also a bit of a love letter to the golden age of Egyptian cinema, with numerous old films playing in the background. I am entirely ignorant of Egyptian cinema, but I imagine anyone with an interest in it would find plenty to enjoy in this.

The ending contains quite a neat trick, particularly if you're watching at a festival, as I did...


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