Fares Fares and Hania Amar in a scene from “The Nile Hilton Incident,” the third feature of writer-director Tarik Saleh.
Photo courtesy of Metropolis Cinema-Sofil
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The film enjoyed its Lebanese premiere this week at Metropolis Cinema, where it opened Maskoon, the film festival devoted to quality genre film.Mustafa holds court – hearing (or ignoring) supplicants and collecting bribes – seldom having Momo pull over.At the end of his work day Mustafa returns to his flat and stuffs the day's take into a ziplock in his freezer. This second man goes to the room annoyed man's just left.Mustafa arrives at a comically compromised crime scene. The useless desk clerk is unable to tell Mustafa the full name or address of the Sudanese chambermaid – the subject of one the film's principal subplots – who found the victim's corpse.Stuck in traffic en route to Photo Amir, Mustafa looks up and finds the victim's face alongside the name "Lalena," on a billboard advertising her CD.Stuck in traffic again – not a rare occurrence in Cairo – Mustafa glances up to find the smiling face of the man in the victim's photos.
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