Screening date:01/12/2011 -- 18h00

A journey into the enclosed world of two of Cairo's mental hospitals, Zelal draws us into the day-to-day life of "ordinary" men and women. The film lays bare a shattered humanity abandoned without hope, left to stumble about in the backwash of life's misfortunes. In the process, the viewer confronts his own demons, with the disturbing realization that the mentally ill are actually extensions of society's madness.

Country: Egypt/France/Marocco
Production: Misr international Films  - Tel : +20105220086, +20122117478
Year: 2010
Director: Marianne Khoury  & Mustapha Hasnaoui
Editing: Doaa Fadel
Cinematography: Tamer Joseph, Victor Credi
Sound: Gasser Khorshed, Sameh Gamal
Music: Habib Shada
Beta – 90' 

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Marianne Khoury was born in Cairo in 1958. She graduated in economy and political science from the American University in Cairo in 1980 and obtained a Masters in Economy at Oxford in 1982. Since 1984 she has been producing with Misr International Films, company founded by Youssef Chahine in 1972.
Mustapha Hasnaoui was born in 1952 in Sfax, Tunisia. He was a writer-director of documentaries and contributed regularly to the Arte TV programme "Metropolis". He died in Paris on January 15, 2011.

Filmography: Marianne Khoury
2002 – Les passionnés de cinéma

Filmography: Mustapha Hasnaoui
1993 – Essyad musicien
1997 – Palestine
1998 – Max Deutsch, un pédagogue rebelle
1999 – Empreintes de l'exil
2000 – Le Caire, mère et fils
2002 – Au temps du ramadan
2003 – Stéphane Braunschweig, scènes croisées
2004 – Quand la femme chante
2006 – Margaret Garner

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