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Cairo Conspiracy (2022)

Opens on February 10

Director: Tarik Saleh Run Time: 126 min. Rating: NR Release Year: 2022

Starring: Fares Fares, Makram J. Khoury, Mehdi Dehbi, Mohammad Bakri, Tawfeek Barhom

Country: Sweden, France, Finland, Denmark
Language: Arabic

About the film:

Best Screenplay, 2022 Cannes Film Festival
Shortlisted for Best International Feature Film at the 95th Academy Awards

A fisherman’s son is offered the ultimate privilege to study at the Al-Azhar University in Cairo, the epicenter of power of Sunni Islam. Shortly after his arrival, the university’s highest ranking religious leader, the Grand Imam, dies and the young student becomes a pawn in a ruthless power struggle between Egypt’s religious and political elite.

“a world no one has dared to explore on screen before now”

—Peter Debruge for Variety

About the filmmaker:

Tarik Saleh is a Swedish television producer, animator, publisher, journalist and film director, born to a Swedish mother and Egyptian father. He was one of Sweden’s most prominent graffiti artists and co-created Fascinate in 1989, which became the country’s first officially protected graffiti work in 2015. He worked as a TV host for Sveriges Television and is one of the founders of production company Atmo. Saleh’s film The Nile Hilton Incident (2017) won a Grand Jury Prize at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival before winning five of Sweden’s Guldbagge Awards, including Best Film. His film Cairo Conspiracy (2022) won Best Screenplay at the 2022 Cannes Film Festival, and was selected as Sweden’s official entry for Best International Feature Film at the 95th Academy Awards. His other recent projects include the feature film The Contractor (2022) and episodes of the Emmy Award-winning series Westworld and Ray Donovan in 2018.

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