THE NILE HILTON INCIDENT WINS GRAND JURY PRIZE AT SUNDANCE
SUCCESS. Mari is playing Salwa, The Nile Hilton Incident, which was awarded the World Cinema Grand Jury Prize: Dramatic at the Sundance Film Festival on January 28, 2017, after recieving very positive reviews from leading film magazines.
THE STORY. CAIRO 2011, JUST WEEKS BEFORE THE REVOLUTION. Police Detective Noredin, working in the in-famous Kasr el-Nil Police Station, is handed the case of a murdered singer. He soon realizes that the investigation concerns the very power elite, close to the President’s inner circle.
The extraordinary cast, Arab and Sudanese, inhabit their roles like a second skin; you constantly remind yourself they’re acting. Not a false or contrived note in 106 minutes.
US-based Sudanese refugee Malek’s first major screen role sympathetically reveals Salwa’s increasingly untenable predicament as the target of multiple attempts to silence her.
Twice in a row the first film I’ve seen at Sundance is so brilliant, so accomplished that I start Sundance on a mountain high — and it’s not the thin air.
[The film] …like Andrej Zvyagintsev’s Leviathan, charts one man’s deluded attempt to do the right thing in a world where money and power are the only moral arbiters.
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2017 Sundance Film Festival - "The Nile Hilton Incident" Portraits
Taylor Jewell, Associated Press