Project Description

Zahret ElSabar (Cactus Flower) (2017)

Aida (33), a struggling actress of provincial background finds herself kicked out on the streets of Cairo; together with her neighbour Samiha (70), a reclusive old bourgeois. With no money and nowhere to go, the two women, aided by Yassin (20), a street-savvy youth, embark on a journey to find shelter. Amid the banal and at times disastrous turns their journey takes, they move along parallel journeys of self-discovery. An extraordinary friendship grows among the unlikely trio, like a delicate flower blooming from a thorny cactus. AWARDS * Dubai International Film Festival 2017 - Best Actress: Menha Batraoui (Muhr Award) Nominated *Dubai International Film Festival 2017 - Best Actor: Marwan Alazab (Muhr Award) *Rotterdam International Film Festival 2017 - Bright Future Award - Best First Film: Hala ElKoussy *Rotterdam International Film Festival 2017 - Fipresci Award - Best Film: Hala ElKoussy