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A gripping political thriller. A fisherman’s son wins a scholarship to a prestigious Islamic university only to be recruited as a government informant.
This critically acclaimed new film by Tarik Saleh (The Nile Hilton Incident, The Contractor) follows Adam who is offered the ultimate privilege: to study at Cairo’s Al-Azhar University, the epicentre of Sunni Islam power. Soon after his arrival in the city, the university’s highest-ranking religious leader, the Grand Imam, suddenly dies and Adam becomes a pawn in a ruthless power struggle between Egypt’s religious and political elite. As he struggles to balance a range of competing interests that favour different leaders, he soon finds that he must fight for his very survival as the succession intensifies.
There’s an intriguing mix of scorn and paranoia here, together with a yearning for individual figures of decency halfway down the food chain – it reminded me of John le Carré. – The Guardian
A measured but unsparing portrait of corruption perpetrated by people who, across the board, are utterly confident of their own rectitude. – New York Times
Egypt, 2022 I Language: Arabic I 126 minutes I Cert: Unrated
Director: Tarik Saleh
Cast: Tawfeek Barhom, Fares Fares, Mohammad Bakri
Foreign language films are subtitled. Cert: CLUB for over 18s.
A short film may be shown before the feature.
Tickets: €8.50/€7 concession
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