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After the Battle

Yousry Nasrallah
Baad el Mawkeaa
Egypt, France 2012 / 122’

After the Battle is one of the first films to consider the effects and hopes of the Egyptian revolution. The plot is based on real events occurring on Tahrir Square on 2 February 2011, when a group of horse and camelback riders manipulated by the Mubarak regime attacked demonstrators and provoked an aggressive confrontation among his supporters and detractors. As the director follows one of the riders, he moves to the world of fiction to submerge the audience in the story of a man belittled and rejected by society in a country suspended between deep conservatism and temptations of modern freedoms that cannot separate the private from the political.

Urszula Lipińska

Yousry Nasrallah

Yousry Nasrallahwas born in 1952 in Cairo, graduated in 1978 from the Cairo Film Institute and moved to Lebanon where he worked as a journalist for the ‘As-Safir’ daily. His film career began when Volker Schlöndroff hired him as production assistant for the film Circle of Deceit (1981). Later, Nasrallah assisted the legendary Youssef Chahine, which led to his directorial debut, Summer Thefts (1988). His later films garnered awards at the Venice and Locarno film festivals.

Selected filmography

1993 Marcides / Mercedes

1995 Sobyan wa banat / On Boys, Girls and the Veil (doc.)

1999 El Medina / The City

2004 Bab el Chams / The Gate of Sun

2008 Genenet al asmak / The Aquarium

2009 Opowiadaj, Szeherezado / Ehky ya Scheherazade / Scheherazade, Tell Me a Story

2012 Po bitwie / Baad el Mawkeaa / After the Battle

Prepared by: Urszula Lipińska

Cast & Crew

director Yousry Nasrallah
screenplay Yousry Nasrallah, Omar Shama
cinematography Samir Bahsan
editing Mona Rabi
music Tamer Karawan
sound Ibrahim Dessouky, Boris Chapelle
cast Menna Shalaby, Bassem Samra, Nahed El Sebaї, Salah Abdallah
producer Walid El-Kordy, Georges-Marc Benamou, Jérôme Clément, Amal El Hamouly
production France 3 Cinéma, Studio 37, New Century Productions, Siècle Productions
sales MK2 Productions
language Arabic
colouration colour