About the film
cairo egypt arabian social commentary historical
The Yacoubian Building
Release Date: June 01, 2006
|Production Companies||:||Arab Co, Good News|
|Producers||:||Adel Adeeb, Nabil Sobhy, Emad El-Den Adib, Ayman Shawky|
|Writers||:||Wahid Hamid, Alaa Al Aswany|
Cairo: a 70-year-old building of once-luxury flats with tenements on the roof. Zika, an aging libertine, feuds with his sister. Pius Haj Azzam takes a second wife, in secret, to satisfy sexual drive within religious bounds. Bothayna, poor and beautiful, supports her family, wanting to do so with dignity intact. Her former fiancé, Taha, the janitor's son, humiliated by the police, turns to fundamentalism. Hatem, a gay editor, seduces and corrupts a young man from the sticks. Two brothers, Copts, one a tailor and one Zika's factotum, connive for property. Allah is on most everyone's lips, and corruption is in their hearts.