2012 I Egypt I 116 minutes
Director: Yousry Nasrallah
Tahrir Square February 2011: Pro-Mubarak forces attack protesters in a historic moment screened around the world. One of them, Mahmoud, is a horseman who’s been struggling to make a living in the tourist trade around the pyramids.
When Mahmoud meets Reem, a secular divorcee who works in advertising, an intense attraction draws them into each other’s worlds. She is a fervent revolutionary from a wealthy Cairo neighbourhood, while he is on the other side of the economic divide, desperately trying just to feed his horses. Theirs is the encounter of two people, but also of two different worlds.
After the Battle pulls us straight into the heart of Cairo’s street fighting in a film that takes on the complexity of modern revolution and examines how individuals endure major historic upheavals.
BIO: YOUSRY NASRALLAH
Born 1952 in Cairo. After studying economics and political science, he went to live in Lebanon where he became a journalist. He began his career in film in 1980 as assistant to Volker Schlöndorff on Die Fälschung and to Youssef Chahine on Al-Dhakira and Adieu Bonaparte which he also co-wrote. In 1987, he directed his first film Summer Thefts, produced by Youssef Chahine and considered as one of the films that most contributed to the revival of Egyptian cinema. He carried on his collaboration with Chahine in Alexandria Again and Forever (1990) and Cairo as Seen by Chahine (1991). In 1994, he directed Marcides and, in 1995, the documentary On Boys, Girls and the Veil. In 1999, El Madina was awarded the Special Jury Prize in Locarno Film Festival. In 2004, his film The Gate of Sun (Bab El Chams), taken from Elias Khoury’s novel, was presented in the Cannes Official Selection (out of competition). In 2012, his film After the Battle was presented in the Official Selection of the Cannes Film Festival.
2012 Cannes Film Festival – In Competition
Abu Dhabi International Film Festival
Museum of Modern Art
Dates & Times:
8:00pm, Thursday 27 June 2013
All tickets $30* (Includes the Film, Sweets and Opening Night Party)
*Transaction fees may apply