Grants & Awards
In the Last Days of the City
Date Awarded: Winter 2011
Directors(s): Tamer El Said
Producer(s): Khalid Abdalla, Cat Villiers
Film Status: In Post-Production
About the Film:
Shot in Cairo, Baghdad, Beirut and Berlin, In the Last Days of the City tells the story of a group of friends from Egypt, Iraq and Lebanon whose lives have been shaped by the cities of their birth and the instability of their region. Prime among them is Khalid, a lonely filmmaker in his 30s making a film about Cairo, a city in which everything he loves is leaving him, but to which he is obsessively bound. Based on real life stories and incorporating real-life events, including recent events in Tahrir Square, it is a film about living through the difficulties of something ending, in the hope of living for something better.
About the Filmmakers:
Tamer El Said (Director/Producer/Co-Writer) is an Egyptian filmmaker, and In the Last Days of the City is his first fiction feature. Previous films include Take Me, an award winning documentary about five friends who unwittingly became political prisoners in Morocco, and the short film On a Monday. He was previously Senior Producer at Hot Spot Films in Dubai, and is a co-founder of Zero Production.
Khalid Abdalla (Producer/Actor) is a British-Egyptian actor and producer, working mainly between London and Cairo. Previous films include leading roles in United 93, The Kite Runner and Green Zone. Khalid is a co-founder and partner in Zero Production.
Cat Villiers (Co-Producer) is a British producer whose previous films include Before the Rain, winner of the Venice Film Festival’s Golden Lion and an Academy Award Nomination in 1995; the 2002 Golden Globe and Academy Award winner No Mans Land; the BAFTA winning Kiss of Life; as well as the films Ivans XTC, The Proposition, Boogie Woogie and most recently Cirkus Columbia.