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The Nile Hilton Incident (2017)

Unrated | | Crime, Drama, Thriller | 5 July 2017 (France)
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A maid witnesses a murder at an upscale hotel and a policeman is assigned to the case, but it soon becomes clear that important people don't want the case solved.


Tarik Saleh


Tarik Saleh
10 wins & 6 nominations. See more awards »





Credited cast:
Fares Fares ... Police Commander Noredin Mostafa
Mari Malek ... Salwa
Yasser Ali Maher Yasser Ali Maher ... Police General Kammal Mostafa
Ahmed Selim Ahmed Selim ... Hatem Shafiq
Hania Amar ... Gina
Mohamed Yousry Mohamed Yousry ... Momo
Slimane Dazi ... Green Eyed Man (Killer)
Hichem Yacoubi Hichem Yacoubi ... Nagui
Ger Duany ... Clinton
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Tareq Abdalla Tareq Abdalla ... Amir
Khaled Abdelhamed Khaled Abdelhamed ... Ayman
Mohamed Abdouni Mohamed Abdouni ... CD Vendor
Nael Ali Nael Ali ... Police Major Yosef
Zoubir Amimi Zoubir Amimi ... Sherif
Adil Ammor Adil Ammor ... Protestor


Set against the backdrop of the Egyptian Revolution, the thriller features a police officer who investigates the murder of a woman. What initially seems to be a killing of a prostitute turns into a more complicated case involving the very elite of Egypt.

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Crime | Drama | Thriller


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Morocco | Sweden | Denmark | Germany | France


Arabic | Dinka | English | French

Release Date:

5 July 2017 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Crimen en el Cairo See more »

Filming Locations:

Casablanca, Morocco See more »


Box Office


$4,250,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$8,183, 13 August 2017, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$81,089, 9 November 2017
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital (as Dolby 5.1)



Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Did You Know?


French visa # 146642. See more »


The song "Mafeesh Saheb Yetsaheb" that played twice in the movie came out in 2015 while the movie is set in 2011. See more »


Gina: I am an artist.
Gina: But the people who have money want to buy me and lock me up in a golden cage.
Gina: Even if you have the key, you can't run away.
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References Breaking Bad (2008) See more »

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Potrait of Decedancy and Corruption
14 August 2018 | by rawisnwoSee all my reviews

This movie does a very good job of showing a realistic view of modern day Egypt.

Corruption permeates everywhere. It is a way of life, especially among government employees under the regime of Hosni Mubarak.

Police Commander Noredin is corrupt and at a low point in his life: he works, collects bribes, browses facebook at an internet cafe, heads home and watches tv while drinking a beer and smoking a joint. He then goes to sleep for the cycle to repeat. Noredin's wife and child had been killed in an auto-crash and is it heavily alluded to that he got his job thanks to police General Kammal, his uncle. He helps his disabled father but has lost his respect, due to his corruption.

A murder then occurs at the Nile Hilton hotel. Noredin is unable to decide whether to commit to the case or just collect the appropriate bribes and close it. He eventually decides to pursue the case at all costs.

This film touches on many aspects of Egyptian society. From the Sudanese immigrants to the working class, middle class, artisans and elite - we get a perspective of what daily life in Cairo is like.

Being unfamiliar with Egypt, the dialogue was very amusing and fresh. Some of the idioms and digs had me laughing out loud.

I must also give a lot of credit to many of the actors that made this film particularly engaging. Fares Fares plays Noredin very well as we can sense his perspectives and viewpoints clearly. Oddly enough, he reminded me of Harrison Ford in Blade Runner: cold, detached but intrigued nonetheless. Another nod should go to Mari Malek, who plays Salma - the Sudanese murder witness. She really shows the helplessness and vulnerability of an immigrant in her situation.

I highly recommend this film, especially to anyone who like murder-mysteries, film noir or historical dramas as it has shades of all those genres in it.

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