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The Yacoubian Building (2006)

Omaret yakobean (original title)
Meditations on corruption, fundamentalism, prostitution, homosexuality, and drugs in central Cairo.

Director:

Marwan Hamed

Writers:

Alaa' Al-Aswany (novel), Wahid Hamid
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Adel Emam ... Zaki El Dessouki
Nour El-Sherif ... Mohammad Azzam
Youssra ... Christine
Essad Youniss ... Dawlat El Dessouky (as Issad Younis)
Ahmad Bedair Ahmad Bedair ... Malaak (as Ahmed Bedeir)
Hind Sabri ... Bothayna (as Hind Sabry)
Khaled El-Sawi ... Hatem Rachid (as Khaled El Sawy)
Khaled Saleh ... Kamal El Fouly
Ahmed Rateb Ahmed Rateb ... Fanous
Somaya El Khashab Somaya El Khashab ... Soad
Bassem Samra ... Abd Raboh
Muhammad Emam ... Taha El Shazly (as Mohamed Imam)
Youssef Dawood Youssef Dawood ... Fekry Abdel Shaheed (as Youseff Daoud)
Talat Zakariyya Talat Zakariyya ... Bar Owner
Yehia El-Fakharany ... Narrator
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Storyline

Cairo: a 70-year-old building of once-luxury flats with tenements on the roof. Zika, an aging libertine, feuds with his sister. Pius Haj Azzam takes a second wife, in secret, to satisfy sexual drive within religious bounds. Bothayna, poor and beautiful, supports her family, wanting to do so with dignity intact. Her former fiancé, Taha, the janitor's son, humiliated by the police, turns to fundamentalism. Hatem, a gay editor, seduces and corrupts a young man from the sticks. Two brothers, Copts, one a tailor and one Zika's factotum, connive for property. Allah is on most everyone's lips, and corruption is in their hearts. European values, both refined and worldly, provide a subtext. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Genres:

Drama

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Official Sites:

Bac Films [France]

Country:

Egypt | France

Language:

Arabic | French | English

Release Date:

21 June 2006 (Egypt) See more »

Also Known As:

The Yacoubian Building See more »

Filming Locations:

Alexandria, Egypt See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

EGP18,000,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$2,414,837
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Good News See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color
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Trivia

Official submission of Egypt for the 'Best Foreign Language Film' category of the 79th Academy Awards in 2007. See more »

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When Hatem is drinking while remembering his youth near the end of the film, he finishes his drink. Seconds later, he finishes it again. See more »

Soundtracks

La Foule
Music by Angel Cabral
Lyrics by Michel Rivgauche
Performed by Édith Piaf
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Close to people pulse
28 March 2008 | by totta24See all my reviews

That's what I felt after watching that movie, it's really close to the society and the public's pulse, some overestimation is there but through comic frame, you'll enjoy watching that movie Marwan Hamed is not an ordinary director, he is one of the best around. i have never seen such a movie that tackles every issue in the Egyption society so honestly. it is a pure masterpiece and if i was running the Oscars then that movie will sure receive one. A movie so honest and directed, it is designed for all classes describing the social corruption in todays society - not only in Egypt but all around the world. if you miss this movie then you will spend your entire life regretting it so i advice every Arabic and non-Arabic speaker to watch the masterpiece and enjoy the art of this marvelous director whom i have a great respect for. two thumps up


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