CACTUS FLOWER

ZAHRET AL SABAR

TRANSIT FILMS (EG) - as PROD

Drama - Pre-Production 2016

A flood leaves three Cairenes homeless. In their journey across the city to seek shelter, they find strength in one another to survive and keep their dreams alive.

    • Year of production
    • 2016
    • Genres
    • Drama
    • Countries
    • EGYPT, FRANCE, NETHERLANDS
    • Languages
    • ARABIC
    • Budget
    • 0.3 - 0.6 M$
    • Duration
    • 100 mn
    • Synopsis
    • Aida (35), a struggling actress, came to Cairo from the Delta as a University Student; and like many others before her, she stayed on. She struggles to make end meet with odd jobs while keeping her dream of the theatre alive. One night, she and her neighbour Samiha (55), a fading beauty of bourgeois origins, are kicked out on the street. To make matters worse, Samiha’s leg is broken. With no money and nowhere to go, the two women, aided by Yassin (21), a street savvy youth from their area, embark on a labyrinthian journey across physical and mental mine-loaded terrains. They struggle to move in a city seized by an out of season heat wave, massive traffic jams, security check points and power cuts. They seek refuge with characters from their past, opening some old wounds and heeling others. Amidst the funny and the disastrous turns their journey takes, they move on a parallel journey of self-discovery. An extraordinary friendship grows between the unlikely trio like a delicate flower blooming out of a thorny cactus. Together, their resolve to survive is renewed and they find the strength in each other to keep their dreams alive.

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