Cairo Station

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Cairo Station, directed by Youssef Chahine, 1958. Courtesy Arab Films Distribution

Film & Video Screenings

Cairo Station

Friday, December 20, 2013 @ 3 pm

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
Language: Arabic
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.