TCAFF: Cairo Time


The Main 3 Sat, Nov 7, 2015 3:00 PM
Film Info
Premiere Status:Regional Premiere
English Title:TCAFF: Cairo Time
Program:Twin Cities Arab Film Festival
Hosted Events
Release Year:2014
Runtime:110 min
Type:Feature Narrative
Festivals & Awards:Special Jury Award for Nour El-Sherif, Luxor European-Egyptian Film Festival, 2015
Best Screenplay, Amir Ramses Oran Film Festival, 2015
Best Actor, Nour El-Sherif, Oran Film Festival, 2015
Director:Amir Ramses
Producer:Sameh El-Agamy
Cinematographer:Mohamed Abdel Raouf
Principal Cast:Nour El-Sherif
Mervat Amin
Samir Sabry
Sherif Ramzy
Ayten Amer
Karim Kassem
Dorra Zarrouk
Kenda Alloush
Screenwriter:Amir Ramses


A lighthearted comedy depicting three intersecting stories that all take place on an average day in Cairo. Lila (Mervat Amin), a retired actress, seeks a divorce for an on-screen marriage from her former co-star Sameh (Samir Sabri). Salma (Ayten Amer) and Wael (Karim Kassem), a young couple who have borrowed their leftist friend’s apartment for the day, consider making love for the first time, but the two struggle with their own interpretations of social and religious conventions in Egypt. Hazem (Sherif Ramzy), a well-intentioned, but misguided drug dealer on a dangerous run from Alexandria to Cairo, picks up a hitchhiking old man with Alzheimer’s, played by legendary Egyptian actor Nour El-Sherif. In his final performance on the silver screen, El-Sherif depicts a man in search of an image from his past, the last fragment of his waning memory.


Amir Ramses is an Egyptian film director born in 1979. He graduated from the Cinema Institute in Egypt and worked as assistant to the acclaimed director Youssef Chahine before beginning his own career as a filmmaker. His films, including the award-winning short Downtown 2001, the feature-length documentary The Jews of Egypt (Parts 1 and 2), and the narrative feature Cairo Time, have been presented in many international and Arab film festivals around the world. He has served as a juror of festival awards and is the artistic director of Cinemobile Film Festival in Egypt. Ramses also published his first novel in 2010.