1999. Egypt/France. Yousry Nasrallah. 108 min.
Friday, February 1, 2008, 8:30 p.m.
Theater 1 (The Roy and Niuta Titus Theater 1), T1
1999. Egypt/France. Directed by Yousry Nasrallah. Screenplay by Nasser Abdel-Rahmane, Claire Denis. Frustrated with life as a butcher's assistant and under his father's thumb, Ali (Bassem Samra) heads for Paris, only to discover that the only work he can get as an illegal immigrant is as a boxer in rigged fights. Nasrallah uses melodrama to depict life in Cairo, and Neorealist grit for Paris—his mix of genres makes for a film as amiable as its hero. Winner of a special jury prize at the Locarno Film Festival and nominated for the Golden Leopard. In Arabic, French; English subtitles. 108 min.