Magazine article Variety

Helmer Takes Wild Journey into 'Night' in Modern-Day Cairo

Magazine article Variety

Helmer Takes Wild Journey into 'Night' in Modern-Day Cairo

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A SIMPLE TAXI ride becomes an extraordinary journey for a young filmmaker and two companions in modern-day Cairo, a city whose bedeviling contradictions are at the heart of Egyptian helmer Ahmad Abdalla's fifth feature.

"EXT. Night," which world premieres today in Contemporary World Cinema, is an exploration of the bonds and fissures in the metropolis. While pushing against the boundaries of modern Egyptian life, the film probes the physical borders between neighboring communities, as well as the social lines separating classes and genders.

"I always felt in Cairo that we live in a very segregated city. Each part of the city is living in their own bubble," said Abdalla. "These communities grow and grow inside themselves."

Through the perspective of the filmmaker Moe (Karim Kassem), who ventures from his comfortable middle-class world into the seamy underbelly of Cairo, the events of a strange and meandering night allow both Abdalla and his audience to see the Egyptian capital in a fresh light. …

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