Poisonous Roses

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    Poisonous Roses

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    Egypt, France, Qatar, United Arab Emirates


    70 min

    • Arabic

    Twenty-eight-year-old Taheya works as a washroom cleaner, and lives with her 22-year-old brother Saqr in a tannery neighbourhood. While Saqr has plans to find a life outside his hellish job in one of the tanneries, Taheya hopes to keep him near her. Despite his love for his sister, Saqr does not bow to the pressure she puts on him and begins a relationship with Nahed, a young medical student. Despondent at the new distance between herself and her brother, Taheya turns to magic to bring Saqr back and threatens to kill Nahed. When Saqr returns, Taheya seems happy despite the coldness between them – but she cannot escape the idea that her brother still wants to abandon her.


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    Fawzi Saleh
    Maged Nader
    Menna Elshishini
    Qutaiba Barhamji
    Ahmed Fawzi Saleh

    Ahmed Fawzi Saleh


    Born in Port Saïd, Egypt, in 1981, Fawzi Saleh is a screenwriter, filmmaker and human-rights activist. He holds a degree in screenwriting from the Cairo Film Institute, and has contributed to numerous documentary films as a researcher and co-writer. In 2006, he directed the experimental short film MOCHA, which attracted attention to his talent. A turning point in his career came in 2008 when he worked as an assistant director for Rashid Masharawi, when the director encouraged him to start shooting his first documentary feature, LIVING SKIN, which he completed in 2010. His feature debut, POISONOUS ROSES, premiered at IFFR.