2 Rooms and a Parlor
Spring Grant 2013 - Production Stage
Current project status: Production
Khalil Suleiman has always preferred to stay away from other people, but after his wife’s death, he finds he is lonely. Realising that his routine life is coming to its end before he has explored it fully, and that he has never been out of Cairo, he decides to take a trip to Panama. His plans come up against many obstacles. He has no passport and only speaks Arabic – and on top of all that, his son disapproves of his travel plans. Solving these problems and making his travel arrangements forces Khalil to revisit his complicated relationship with his son and to become involved in the lives of his neighbours – all of whom are people he has avoided in the past. Abdel Aal is a photographer who has been diagnosed with cancer; Azza is a retired belly-dancer. Yasser, a salafi sympathiser, has fertility problems. As Khalil gets closer to each of his neighbours and his son, and his travel date looms on the horizon, he finds his old ways of thinking are changing.
- Sherif Elbendary
- Mohamad Elazab
- Mohamed Hefzy, Racha Najdi
About the Director
Sherif El Bendary graduated from the Faculty of Applied Arts at Helwan University and studied film directing at the High Institute of Cinema in Cairo. He has taught film directing since 2008. His first short, ‘Rise & Shine’ (2006), showed at 75 film festivals and won 15 awards. ‘At Day’s End’ (2008), El Bendary’s second short film and graduation project, participated in 50 film festivals and won 14 awards. His short ‘Curfew’ was part of the collective feature ‘18 Days’, an official selection at the Cannes Film Festival in 2010.