Egyptian Revolution (2011-12)

'The Nile Hilton Incident': Crime and corruption on the eve of revolution

'The Nile Hilton Incident': Crime and corruption on the eve of revolution

The Cairo depicted in writer-director Tarik Saleh’s “Nile Hilton Incident,” a police thriller that unfolds in the weeks leading up to the Egyptian Revolution of 2011, is as ready-made for big city noir as it is for a historic uprising.

Streets teem with the desperate and unhappy; badges, money or power protects everyone else; a crumbling daytime hardly seems a respite from the shrouded nights; and crime is currency. Nobody has the patience to pretend otherwise. When crooked police captain Noredin (Fares Fares) visits his ill father and tells him he’s come into some extra money, the dad wearily croaks, “Please, just say you stole it.”

Noredin did swipe it, from the...

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