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Egypt | 2014 | 116 minutes | Ahmad Abdalla

An overworked film production designer begins to lose her grip on reality, slipping into the life she is creating on her latest movie set. This meta-movie playfully comments on the conventions of the classic “women’s picture.”

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Young Egyptian filmmaker Ahmad Abdalla (Rags and Tatters, SIFF 2014) has gone from strength to strength in the past few years, each film crafted more compelling than the one before. The gorgeous black-and-white psychological drama Décor is his fifth feature and by far his most polished and engaging. Meet Maha (Horeya Farghaly), a film production designer and expert at creating imaginary worlds. Under immense pressure at work, including obstacles presented by difficult actors and an apathetic art house director hoping to broaden his appeal by catering to the lowest common denominator, she sets her sights toward another life on the horizon and begins slipping between realities—one resembling the B-movie set she’s designed and the other her supposed real life. As she grows ever more entangled in each, the border between the real and imagined becomes blurred. Hailed by “Variety” as “a sophisticated reinvention of the classic ‘women’s picture,’” Décor is a clever and beautiful homage to the golden era of Egyptian film, while this melodrama engages with the situation of Arab women today.

Director Biography
Born in Egypt in 1978, Ahmad Abdalla is known for Heliopolis (2009), Microphone (2010), and Rags and Tatters (2013). Décor is the first feature film Abdalla hasn’t written himself.

Sponsored by African Studies Program in the Jackson School of International Studies, Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Delta Air Lines, KIXI 880 AM

  • Director: Ahmad Abdalla
  • Principal Cast: Horeya Farghaly, Khaled Abol Naga, Maged El Kedwany
  • Country: Egypt
  • Year: 2014
  • Running Time: 116 minutes
  • Producer: Zein Kurdi
  • Screenplay: Sherin Diab, Mohamed Diab
  • Cinematographers: Tarek Hefny
  • Editors: Sara Abdallah
  • Music: Khaled Al-Kammar, Ahmad Mostafa
  • Website: Official Film Website
  • Filmography: Rags and Tatters (2013), 18 Days (2011), Microphone (2010), Heliopolis (2009)
  • Language: Arabic
  • Has Subtitles: Yes
  • Format: DCP
  • International Sales: Visit Films