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by Hala Elkoussy


Aida, a struggling actress, came to Cairo from the Delta as a university student; like many others, she stayed on in the city. One night, she and her neighbour Samiha, a fading bourgeois beauty, are kicked out on the street. With no money and nowhere to go, the two women, aided by Yassin, a street-savvy youth, embark on a labyrinthine journey across physically and mentally difficult terrain. Amid the funny and at times disastrous turns their journey takes, they move along parallel journeys of self-discovery. An extraordinary friendship grows among the unlikely trio, like a delicate flower blooming from a thorny cactus.

international title: Cactus Flower
original title: Zahrat Alssabar
country: Norway, Egypt, Qatar, United Arab Emirates
year: 2017
genre: fiction
directed by: Hala Elkoussy
film run: 104'
screenplay: Hala Elkoussy
cast: Salma Samy, Menha El Batrawy, Marwan Alazab, Zaki Fateen, Arfa Abdel Rassoul, Sedky Sakhr
cinematography by: Abdelsalam Moussa
producer: Hala Elkoussy, Houssam Elouan,
production: Transit Films, Nu'ta Films
backing: Doha Film Institute
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