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New Wave Films release political thriller The Nile Hilton Incident

01 March, 2018

New Wave Films latest release is a political thriller based on a true story. THE NILE HILTON INCIDENT, based in Cairo 2011 during the Egyptian revolution is directed by Tarik Saleh of Swedish and Egyptian origin who has managed to successfully turn it into a thrilling Scandi film-noir.

With a fascinating storyline, layers of social and political context weave through the murder of a famous Lebanese singer, a wealthy businessman a parliament member very close to the Mubarak family and the Arab spring with 30 million residents waiting at boiling point…waiting for something to happen.

THE NILE HILTON INCIDENT is the World Cinema Grand Jury PrizeSundance Winner in 2017 for the Best Dramatic Film

SYNOPSIS – Noredin (Fares Fares) is the everyday corrupt police detective who makes his buck accepting bribes from street vendors and landlords. By routine, he extorts money from the local criminals. Under the influence of drugs and alcohol, he can still function in a system that is on the brink of collapse. One night he is assigned a murder investigation.

A singer is found dead at the Nile Hilton. What initially seems to be a “crime of passion” turns into something that concerns the very power elite of Egypt.

“There’s always a danger with noir of giving viewers so little hope that they switch off, but the performances are so vivid, and the memory of the Arab Spring so fresh, that the narrative grips…”
Hannah McGill, SIGHT & SOUND

”Like the finest noir, what springs forth from Saleh’s film is the dreary belief that the bad sleep well while the rest are left to suffer in the streets.” SCREEN DAILY

“The Nile Hilton Incident represents the type of penetrating filmmaking that only a writer-director intimately familiar with Egyptian culture but possessing an outsider’s perspective could convincingly accomplish.”

‘Masterfully shot by Pierre Aïm, the thriller benefits immensely from a harrowing rhythm established by Theis Schmidt’s angry editing ‘The French Connection, Heat and Jean-Pierre Melville are all there in the mix.”

‘Pierre Aim’s prowling camera unpeels the city’s layers of physical and moral decay in muted, contrasting tones that intermittently highlight sudden, bloody bursts of violence…’

‘Beautiful film, dark, precise, burning, mixing suspense and politics.’

‘Twice in a row the first film I’ve seen at Sundance is so brilliant, so accomplished that I start Sundance on a mountain high — and it’s not the thin air.’ LE FIGARO



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