The City / Al Madina

  • Release Date: 2000
  • Type: Featured
  • Run time: 110 Minutes
  • Directed by: Yousry Nasrallah
  • Produced by: Gabriel Khoury, Humbert Balsan
  • Screenplay: Yousry Nasrallah, Nasser Abdel Rahman, Claire Denis
  • Cast: Yousra, Bassem Samra, Roshdy Zeim, Amr Selim, Mohamed Nagaty, Enas El Dimoudrous, Atiya Ouwes, Seif Abdel Rahman, Zaky Fateen Abdel Wahab
  • Cinematography: Samir Bahzan
  • Art direction: Alain Georges Ferrero, Salah Marel
  • Editing: Tamer Ezzat
  • Costume design: Nahed Nasrallah, Soraya Baghdady
  • Music: Tamer Karawan
  • Sound: Gasser Khorshed
  • Subtitles: English, French

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.