|The Yacoubian Building |
The Yacoubian Building (Omaret Yacoubian) is vigorous movie that tracks the rise and fall of Egyptian society over the years through the residents of an old downtown Cairo building block.
The Yacoubian Building has it all; a record budget as the highest ever for an Egyptian film, an all-star cast and a script based on Alaa Al Aswany's best-seller novel of the same name which depicts the entwined lives of the tenants of the building.
The film is officially nominated to represent Egypt at the American Academy awards (The Oscars) for the foreign language film award.
So far it has toured the most prestigious film festivals around the globe and has many awards in the menu such as at Tribeca Film Festival, where director Marwan Hamed was awarded for Best New Narrative Filmmaker.
At Montreal World Film Festival it received the bronze Zunith for best first feature film. It was awarded the Golden Eye at Zurich Film Festival and got the Best Picture and Best Actor awards at the Biennale of Arab Cinema in Paris. It has recently granted the Grand Prize at Alexandria International Film Festival.