Director: Zeina Durra Run Time: 85 min. Language: English, Arabic
Starring: Andrea Riseborough, Karim Saleh, Michael Landes, Shirin Redha
Presented in the Virtual Screening Room in partnership with Samuel Goldwyn.
“A mature meditation on the effects of trauma”
– Jay Weissberg, Variety
About the film:
Official Selection of Sundance Film Festival.
On a nostalgia driven journey to Luxor, Egypt, British aid worker Hana seeks out peace and calm after treating war victims in Syria. Flooded by the past memories of her time spent in the historic city, she is unexpectedly reacquainted with her former partner, Sultan.
About the filmmaker:
British-born with a Bosnian-Palestinian mother and a Jordanian-Lebanese father, writer-director Zeina Durra received her BA in Middle East Studies from Oxford University and an MFA from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts graduate film program. Her NYU thesis short film, The Seventh Dog (2005) about the Arab experience living in New York City after 9/11, won the audience award at the Circuito Off Venice International Short Film Festival. Her directorial debut The Imperialists Are Still Alive! (2010) premiered in the U.S. Dramatic Competition at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival and received an award at The Warsaw Film Festival.
Durra’s self-reflection on powerful internal journeys prompted her to write the script for Luxor based on a nostalgic dream.See all virtual titles