a.k.a. Walad Min Al Janna, The Boy from Heaven
In Cairo Conspiracy, we meet Adam as he becomes embroiled in a power struggle within Egypt's religious and political elite. The film is an exciting espionage thriller that offers a glimpse into a hidden world.
Language: Arabic, subtitles: English
Genre: drama, thriller
A simple fishing boy, Adam is admitted to the prestigious Al-Azhar University in Cairo, the beacon of Sunni Islam. Once there, he discovers a multitude of different perspectives. When the Grand Imam suddenly dies, the Muslim Brothers and the National Security Service seem to have conflicting interests. Unbeknownst to them, Adam is being recruited to influence the choice of the new Grand Imam. When he finds out the truth, he finds himself caught between two fires.
In many films, the line between right and wrong is clear and obvious. In this film, however, every choice has good and bad consequences. Adam tries to stay on the right side of the line. But how can he do that when those around him abuse their power to push him in the opposite direction? The film raises some serious moral questions, while holding our attention and keeping the tension high.
“ It is an engrossing tale, full of betrayal and chicanery, and it casts the Egyptian political-military complex and the religious hierarchy as riddled with corruption.” The Washington Post
“Saleh’s film works on many different levels because it’s a layered blend of various elements from different genres.”The Playlist
“Cairo Conspiracy is an ambitiously complex story of religious espionage.” Screen Daily
Cannes: Winner - Best Screenplay
Cannes: Nominee - Palme d’Or
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The screening of the film starts at 19:30 sharp (no commercials) and the cinema hall opens at 19:10. We kindly ask you to be at the ticket counter at least 10 minutes prior to the start of the film. This is to ensure the film starts and ends on time.
The Studium Generale film program is selected in collaboration with the Student Film Committee and Natlab.