Heliopolis (film)

Heliopolis is a 2009 Egyptian independent musical documentary film by Ahmad Abdalla that tells the story of a group of young people during a winter day in the Cairo suburb of Heliopolis. Heliopolis is Ahmad Abdalla's debut feature film and starring Khaled Abol Naga.

Directed byAhmad Abdalla
Produced bySherif Mandour
Written byAhmad Abdalla
StarringKhaled Abol Naga
Hany Adel
Yosra El Lozy
Hanan Motwea
Hend Sabry
Christine Solomon
Music byAmir Khalaf
CinematographyMahmoud Lotfy
Edited byAhmad Abdalla
Release date
Running time
98 minutes


The events of one day in the lives of a number of Cairo residents is a portrayal of unfulfilled dreams and frustrating details of life in the overpopulated Metropolis. Their paths cross and their stories overlap but they are caught up in their struggle and are oblivious to one another against the background of what used to be one of Cairo's most glamorous neighborhoods. The City's vanishing glory and fading history is documented through the characters strife to make it through one day in Heliopolis.... The one thing they all share is the knowledge that they will probably have to confront the City again and again over the following days. Most of the stories taking a place in the suburb of Heliopolis


Festivals and awardsEdit

The film was officially selected by the Toronto International Film Festival in the Discovery section and later at the Vancouver International Film Festival. And it had its Arabic regional premiere in the Middle East International Film Festival.

The European premiere is in the official competition at the 50th edition of Thessaloniki Film Festival in Greece.

Additional festivals:

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