Khaled El Hagar
Feature Film | Egypt | 2011 | 135 min.
Lust brings us into the lives of a marginalized street’s inhabitants in pre-revolution Alexandria, each character isolated in their fierce, yet fragile dreams. Driven by desperation and no means to save her dying young son, Um Shooq leaves her family to beseech estranged relatives for help, only to abandon that plan in lieu of an unthinkable one. Consequences of misguided choices ripple throughout the lives centered around a woman whose sense of shame and inadequacy drive her to gain leverage over her family and neighbors. Best film, 34th Cairo International Film Festival, 84th Academy Awards Foreign Language Film submission from Egypt.
Co-Presented by Egyptian Film Center (Egyptian Ministry of Culture)