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The Nile Hilton Incident

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Morocco, Sweden, Denmark · 2017
1h 41m
Director Tarik Saleh
Starring Fares Fares, Mari Malek, Yasser Ali Maher, Ahmed Fouad Selim
Genre Drama, Thriller

Just weeks before the 2011 Egyptian revolution, Noredin, a police officer in Cairo's corrupt legal system, investigates the murder of a woman in a luxurious hotel. A stylish and thrilling modern noir picture influenced by the likes of “Chinatown” and “L.A. Confidential” that is simultaneously fresh and edge-of-your seat captivating.

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Entertainment Weekly by Chris Nashawaty

The whole thing feels a bit like an Arabic riff on "Chinatown" or "L.A. Confidential" — a neonoir with a tawdry edge where our imperfect hero will eventually be doomed. It’s not a question of if, only when he will lose.


Slant Magazine by Ed Gonzalez

The film may not reimagine our sense of how the ties that bind bad men are rewritten in times of war, but it nonetheless gives a casually electric sense of how hardscrabble lives persist in such times.


The Hollywood Reporter by Justin Lowe

The Nile Hilton Incident represents the type of penetrating filmmaking that only a writer-director intimately familiar with Egyptian culture but possessing an outsider’s perspective could convincingly accomplish.


The New York Times by Ken Jaworowski

The trouble with the movie — and it’s significant — is that Mr. Saleh is so keen to survey Egypt’s dysfunction that his pacing wanes. It’s possible to admire each scene and still see this film, in its entirety, as in need of some serious sharpening.


Variety by Nick Schager

Like the finest noir, what springs forth from Saleh’s film is the dreary belief that the bad sleep well while the rest are left to suffer in the streets.


Empire by Olly Richards

A story with all the qualities of a classic LA noir is given a very effective spin by transposing it to politically charged Cairo. It’s angry, frustrated and thrilling.

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