Cairo Year Zero (2014)

| Short, Comedy, Drama
In the culminating months before the 2011 Egyptian Revolution, four young friends spend a casual evening roaming their native Cairo before an unexpected altercation fatefully transforms one of them into an unlikely revolutionary symbol.

Director:

Niko Volonakis

Writer:

Niko Volonakis
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Cast

Credited cast:
Hana Afifi Hana Afifi ... Zahra
Nezar Alderazi ... Hazem
Walid El-Nahal Walid El-Nahal ... Walid
Moustafa Khalil Moustafa Khalil ... Saleem
Omar Madkour Omar Madkour ... Malek
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In the culminating months before the 2011 Egyptian Revolution, four young friends spend a casual evening roaming their native Cairo before an unexpected altercation fatefully transforms one of them into an unlikely revolutionary symbol. A social coming-of-age drama / comedy in the neorealist tradition about the dark side of revolt and the last moments of young adulthood, shot on location guerrilla-style by two blokes from Greece and Egypt constantly on the lookout for cops seeking to confiscate their cameras. Written by Anonymous

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Short | Comedy | Drama | History

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Country:

Egypt | Greece

Language:

Arabic | English

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2.35 : 1
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Cairo Year Zero is a short extract from Volonakis and Medhat's feature, Hate Your City, a film three years in the making. In late 2013, when their budget to complete the feature ran out, the two decided to restructure the subplot as its own self-contained narrative and send it to festivals. The short now serves as a standalone prequel to the feature. It is uncertain whether Hate Your City will contain flashbacks to the events of Cairo Year Zero, as it did in the original script, or if they will merely be referenced in character exposition. See more »

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References Germany Year Zero (1948) See more »

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Take Me To Metebelis
written and performed by Gentleman Lugosi
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Two Thumbs Up
22 July 2015 | by vanessamarloweSee all my reviews

In Cairo Year Zero, Director/Writer, Niko Volonakis, draws his audience into a journey rife with tension: a vibrant reflection of the social and political state of Egypt prior to the Egyptian Revolution of 2011. With Egypt's Emergency Law suppressing constitutional rights and legalizing censorship, not-to-mention, enforcing police brutality, watching Cairo Year Zero is like observing a pot boil, as something is certain to explode. Volonakis's characters search for an escape from their repressive environment, finding reprieve only within the safety of their intimate friendships. As they struggle to understand why things don't feel right, they realize the time to take a stand is now.

A truly beautiful, gritty piece illustrating the struggles of the human condition from a personal and global perspective.


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