The Nile Hilton Incident

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Sweden | 2017 | 106 minutes | Tarik Saleh

A rising young police detective in Cairo is assigned the case of a murdered singer that leads to the President's inner circle in a riveting neo-noir of political power, corruption, and decadence in the weeks before the 2011 Egyptian uprising. Winner of the Sundance Film Festival Grand Jury Prize.

"A searingly fatalistic, slow-burn thriller."Justin Lowe, The Hollywood Reporter

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In Cairo, weeks before the 2011 revolution, rising young police detective Noredin is working at the infamous Kasr el-Nil police station when he is assigned to investigate a suspicious death at the Nile Hilton Hotel in downtown Tahrir Square. A beautiful singer has been murdered in what may be a professional hit; the sole witness is an undocumented Sudanese maid, now on the run. Noredin is no stranger to the corruption that plagues his department―he is, after all, the nephew of the district police chief. Nevertheless, he finds himself compelled to pursue the investigation, especially once it begins to lead in the direction of a wealthy real-estate developer and member of parliament who also happens to be a personal friend of former president Hosni Mubarak. His inquiries take him from the grimy back streets of the immigrant slums to the sumptuous villas of the power elite, and set him on a collision course with those who would rather not see justice prevail. Winner of the Sundance Film Festival Grand Jury Prize, this smart and sexy thriller blends police procedure and political commentary to create a noir for our times.

Director Biography

Of Egyptian descent, Tarik Saleh is a Swedish television producer, animator, journalist, and director. He is stylistically known for his montages, cut-out graphics, and lip-synching. He co-founded the Swedish production company Atmo.

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  • Director: Tarik Saleh
  • Principal Cast: Fares Fares, Mari Malek, Mohamed Yousry, Yasser Ali Maher, Ahmed Selim, Hania Amar
  • Premiere Status: Seattle
  • Country: Sweden, Denmark, Germany
  • Year: 2017
  • Running Time: 106 minutes
  • Producer: Kristina Åberg
  • Screenplay: Tarik Saleh
  • Cinematographers: Pierre AÏm
  • Editors: Theis Schmidt
  • Music: Fredrik Jonsäter
  • Website: Official Film Website
  • Awards: Sundance Film Festival 2017 (World Cinema Grand Jury Prize: Dramatic)
  • Filmography: Tommy (2014); Metropia (2009); Gitmo (2005)
  • Language: Arabic
  • Has Subtitles: Yes
  • Format: DCP
  • US Distributor: Strand Releasing
  • International Sales: The Match Factory