Tarik Saleh | Sweden, Denmark, Germany | 2017 | 107 min | Arabic spoken | English subtitles
On the eve of the Tahrir Square uprising, a thoroughly corrupt police force keeps a tight grip on the population of Cairo. Police detective Noredin is usually quite susceptible to bribery himself. However, things change for him when he is called to investigate a murder scene at a hotel room in the luxurious Nile Hilton. When the authorities decide to close the case without further investigation, Noredin becomes all the more determined to unravel the truth. Tracking down a terrified witness – an illegal immigrant from Sudan – turns out to be only one of his challenges, as his line of inquiry leads him straight to one of the seemingly untouchable elites of Egypt: a mighty character who appears to be immune from justice. Swedish-born director Tarik Saleh skillfully molds his poignant social critique into a chilling neo-noir thriller.