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The Aquarium • Presentation
 
It all takes place in Cairo, today. The action takes place over 48 hours. Laila is 32 and works as a radio-presentator. People call her on her show “Night Secrets” to reveal their innermost secrets. She plays squash; she swims; sometimes she writes stories for children and she sometimes goes out with her friend to discos. She lives with her mother and her brother. Youssef is an anesthetist. He is about 35. In the morning he works in a perfectly respectable private hospital. At night he works in an illegal abortion clinic. His father is dying of cancer. Youssef likes to hear his patients delirium, just before they go into deep anesthesia. When they wake up, he tells them everything they have said. He also likes to listen to Laila’s radio-program. Sometimes, he spends part his nights with a woman he likes, but he doesn’t love her enough to spend the whole night with her. He lives in his car. Two characters, who don’t know each other, and who will meet. Their lives will not change drastically. They will just realize how lonely they are.
 

Fiction - 90 mn - Written by Yoursy Nasrallah and Nasser Abdel Rahmane - Original language : Arabic
Cast: Hind Sabri (Laila), Amr Waked (Youssef), Gamil Rateb (Youssef's father), Menha El Batraoui (Laila's mother), Bassem Samra ( Zaki), Tamim Abdou (Samir), Samah Anwar (The Copte woman), Ahmad el Fishawi (Amr), Laila Samy (Soumaya)
A coproduction Misr International (Egypt), Archipel 33 (France), Arte France, ART (Egyptian TV).
With participation from Centre National de la Cinématographie, Fonds Sud Cinéma - Ministère de la Culture et de la Communication - CNC, Ministère français des Affaires Etrangères, World Fund Cinema.