Poisonous Roses

Ward masmoum

Ahmed Fawzi Saleh

Saqr (22) wants to flee from the grubby Egyptian tanners’ district where he lives and works. His sister, Taheya (28), wants to prevent this at all costs. She sabotages the blossoming romance between her brother and a medical student and also tries to thwart Saqr’s future plans as a boat refugee in Italy.
Every day she brings Saqr freshly prepared lunch, implying that without her care he shall starve. We follow her in her hijab along the open sewer in which blue wastewater flows from the district, down claustrophobic alleyways where hardly any sunlight penetrates.
Among the dried skins and punch-drunk mules, a shaman silently watches from his improvised throne. He is to help Taheya with an occult solution in this intriguing, skittish portrait of poverty in today’s Egypt. With phenomenal shots of the towering scaffolding of a glue factory, juxtaposed with moving scenes in which the everlasting love between brothers and sisters prevails.
 

Screenings

  • Cinerama 3
    English subtitles
    Sun 28 Jan Buy
  • Pathé 7
    English subtitles
    Mon 29 Jan Buy
  • LantarenVenster 2
    English subtitles
    Tue 30 Jan Buy
  • Pathé 2
    English subtitles
    Fri 2 Feb Buy
  • Pathé 2
    English subtitles
    Sat 3 Feb Buy

More information

Filmmaker
Ahmed Fawzi Saleh
Premiere
World premiere
Country
Egypt, France, Qatar, United Arab Emirates
Year
2018
Medium
DCP
Length
70’
Language
Arabic
Producer
Ahmed Fawzi Saleh, Karim Aitouna, Thomas Micoulet
Production Company
Haut les mains Productions
Sales
Haut les mains Productions
Writer
Ahmed Fawzi Saleh
Cinematography
Maged Nader
Editor
Menna Elshishini, Qutaiba Barhamji
Production Design
Omar Abdul Wahab
Sound Design
Sara Kaddouri
Cast
Koky, Mahmoud Hemida, Ibrahim El Nagary