2016, Grasshopper Film, 96 min. Director Oliver Laxe’s new film is a breathtakingly shot “Eastern Western,” which follows a caravan carrying a dying sheikh into the Moroccan Atlas Mountains. The elderly sheik’s last wish is to be buried with his loved ones in the village where he was born. But death does not wait, and without their leader, the company grows fearful and entrusts the body to two men who agree to bring it to its final destination. Meanwhile, in another world, a mysterious young man is chosen to find the caravan. Winner of the Nespresso Grand Prize at Cannes Critics’ Week 2016, among other international awards. In Arabic with English subtitles.
Program begins with the short “Fajr” (2016, 12 min. Dir. Lois Patiño). Discussion after the feature with director Oliver Laxe, followed by a cocktail reception in the Egyptian courtyard.