The Other / Al Akhar

  • Release Date: 1999
  • Type: Featured
  • Run time: 107 Minutes
  • Directed by: Youssef Chahine
  • Produced by: Gabriel Khoury, Humbert Balsan
  • Screenplay: Youssef Chahine, Khaled Youssef
  • Cast: Nabila Ebeid, Mahmoud Hemeida, Lebleba, Ezzat Abou Ouf, Hanan Tork, Hany Salama, Hassan Abdel Hamid, Ahmed Fouad Selim, Edward Said
  • Cinematography: Mohsen Nasr
  • Art direction: Hamed Hemdan
  • Editing: Rachida Abdel Salam
  • Costume design: Nahed Nasrallah
  • Music: Yehia El Mougy
  • Sound: Ahmed Abel Khalek
  • Subtitles: English, French

Adam and Hanan are deeply in love. A journalist of modest origins, she takes part in a campaign against a rich corrupt family. Corruption is rife in Egypt, and US interests are gaining control in the lucrative tourism market. Adam's rich family and their friends in the government live at the heart of this system. Adam has a complicated relationship with his mother, a possessive woman who stifles him with an excess of love and affection. She is prepared to rid herself of Hanan, her rival, but the love of Adam for his wife is the main weapon against her plans. It is this love that causes him to turn against globalization in his country, of which his parents are the main advocates. Through Hanan, Adam perceives the unlimited greed of international speculators and the secret bonds that bind them to fundamentalist factions. The couple committed to their struggle, find that they are to pay a very high price for the new world order. The film discusses issues of love, greed and terrorism.

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