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Director Marouan Omara and Johanna Domke Egypt/Germany 2018

86 Min, OV with English subs

Followed by a talk with Marouan Omara and Johanna Domke

Dream Away

The German-Egyptian directing duo Johanna Domke and Marouan Omara accompany the young employees of one of the numerous luxury hotels in Sharm El Sheikh. Post-revolutionary unrest and terrorist attacks have left the resort on the Red Sea deserted: the hotel complexes are uninhabited, the pool gymnastic units are unattended, the nightlife areas are spookily empty. The tourist flights fly over the city, but they do not land here anymore. With a somnambulistic attention, this film explores the realities of the life, longings and hardships of young Egyptians whose pasts are suddenly no longer connected to their futures.

Marouan Omara and Johanna Domke have been collaborating as a directing duo since 2012. Their films are cinematic hybrids, wandering around the unmarked territory between fiction and documentary, crafted beautifully through magical realism. Their previous film CROP received international acclaim at festivals including IFF Rotterdam, Yamagata IDFF, Jihlava IDFF, and DOK Leipzig. They have been supported by several institutions including La Biennale di Venezia, Hot Docs-Blue Ice Fund, and IDFA Bertha Fund.