In Cairo Station, Youssef Chahine’s searing melodrama, two populations briefly intersect: those passing through Cairo’s grand urban train station and those who live and work there. Among the latter is Kinawai, a crippled newspaper man (played by the director) who becomes increasingly obsessed with Hunuma, a beautiful young woman who sells drinks and is engaged to one of the station’s respected luggage-carriers. Mixing comedy, tragedy, and musical elements, Chahine’s controversial tragicomedy is an examination of the latent desires and violence embedded in Egypt’s social stratification.
Directed by Youssef Chahine, 1958, 35mm
Runtime: 95 minutes
This screening will be introduced by Paul Dallas, organizer of the urban film series Cinematic Sites, at 2:45 pm.
Presented in conjunction with Participatory City: 100 Urban Trends from the BMW Guggenheim Lab.