Adapted from the best-selling novel of the same name, The Yacoubian Building in the city of Cairo embodies every aspect of Egypt's capital, from its architecture and history, to its complex labyrinth of stories exploring love and power, sex and politics. Crossing a spectrum of classes, characters, families and narratives, debut director Marwan Hamed's beautiful adaptation of Dr Alaa Al Aswany's novel, turns one of Cairo's oldest buildings into an intricate depiction of the city at broad-reaching levels of the social and emotional scale. Tackling everything from Islamic fundamentalism to homosexuality and corruption,
- The Yacoubian Building review by JW
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You rated this film: 5
Viewed because I enjoyed the book, but we were blown away by the film. Wonderful acting, superb direction and most of all, giving some insight into what it must be to like to be Egyptian and to live in Cairo. A deeply different culture. I could bang on at length, but all I will say is that if you have any interest at all in the middle East or in Islamic society you will love this film.