The City / Al Madina

  • Release Date: 2000
  • Type: Feature Film
  • Run time: 110 Minutes
  • Directed by: Yousry Nasrallah
  • Produced by: Misr International Films, Ognon Pictures, Channel 7
  • Screenplay: Ahmed Al Moursi
  • Cast: Bassem Samra, Rojdi Zeim, Mohamed Nagati, Ines El Dimoudrous, Amr Selim, Atiya Ouwes, Seif Abdel Rahman, Zaki Adel Wahab, Youssra
  • Cinematographer: Samir Bahzan
  • Editing: Tamer Ezzat
  • Music: Tamer Karawan
  • Sound: Gasser Khourshed
  • Subtitles: English, French
  • Scenario: Yousri Nasrallah, Nasser Abdel Rahman, Claire Denis

Frustrated with life as a butcher's assistant and under his father's thumb, Ali 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.