Poisonous Roses + Q&A with director Ahmed Fawzi Saleh and curator Joseph Fahim
Ahmed Fawzi Salef | Egypt | 2018 | 70 min
The stench and coarseness of Cairo’s old tannery district is vividly evoked in Ahmed Fawzi Saleh’s “Poisonous Roses,” a film where narrative tangibility takes a backseat to mood and visual immersion. Saleh’s sophomore effort centres on the obsessive relationship of a young sister with her apathetic brother who aspires to flee his destitute life. Based on Ahmed Zaghloul Al-sheety’s 1990 cult novel, “Poisonous Roses for Saqr,” Saleh’s bold adaptation transforms the novelist’s lucid text into an elliptical narrative to paint an authentic portrait of modern lower-class Cairo.
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