The Yacoubian Building
 
 

Directed by Marwan Hamed, Egypt 2006
165 mins. Arabic dialogue with English sub-titles

NOMINATED : BEST FOREIGN-LANGUAGE FILM AT 2007 OSCARS

 
Summary:
 
Reportedly the highest-budgeted film in the history of Egyptian cinema, the film embodies every aspect of Cairo, from its architecture and history, to its complex labyrinth of stories exploring love and power, sex and politics. Crossing a spectrum of classes, characters, families and narratives, debut director Marwan Hamad's beautiful adaptation of Alaa Al Aswany's novel, turns one of Cairo's oldest buildings into an intricate depiction of the city across many levels of the social and emotional scale. The Yacoubian Building gives a lively, sometimes harsh, and often funny look at modern Egyptian society.
 
What the Critics say:
 
"This sweeping melodrama is nothing less than an Egyptian state-of-the-nation address."  (Tom Charity - L.A. Weekly)