Fares Fares plays the crooked cop that's the hero of "The Nile Hilton Incident."
Photo courtesy of the filmmaker
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Egyptian police raided a tiny alternative film venue in Cairo last week to prevent the screening of a thriller critical of law enforcement that has been banned, a venue staffer said, the latest in the country's litany of obstruction of free speech and artistic expression.The film, by Swedish-Egyptian director Tarik Saleh, is a neo-noir set in Egypt that addresses abuse of power and police corruption.The ban echoes last year's action against "Last Days of the City" by Egyptian director Tamer El Said, whose film was feted abroad but blocked from cinemas in Egypt.Movies forbidden in Egypt can later be seen on internet streaming services, although showing them to audiences requires permission from state authorities.
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