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Cactus Flower

Fall Grant 2015 - Production Stage

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Hala Elkoussy / Feature Narrative / Egypt, United Arab Emirates, Norway, Qatar / 2017 / 102 min / Original Language: Arabic / Interests: Drama


Aida, a struggling actress, came to Cairo from the Delta as a university student; like many others, she stayed on in the city. One night, she and her neighbour Samiha, a fading bourgeois beauty, are kicked out on the street. With no money and nowhere to go, the two women, aided by Yassin, a street-savvy youth, embark on a labyrinthine journey across physically and mentally difficult terrain. Amid the funny and at times disastrous turns their journey takes, they move along parallel journeys of self-discovery. An extraordinary friendship grows among the unlikely trio, like a delicate flower blooming from a thorny cactus.


Hala Elkoussy
Hala Elkoussy
Houssam Elouan
Production Company
Transit Films
Production Company
Transit Films

About the Director

Hala Elkoussy is a visual artist who works across a variety of media, including photography, video, installation, and sculpture. Elkoussy has produced several short films that were screened in exhibitions and film festivals around the world. Her artwork features in the collections of Tate Modern and Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, among others. 'Cactus Flower', her first feature film, premiered at the International Film Festival Rotterdam. It received the Best Actress Award at the Dubai International Film Festival and Special Jury Award at Aswan International Women’s Film Festival. In 2020 she won De Verbeelding Grant in the Netherlands to realize 'East of Noon'.

Awards and Festival History


Rotterdam International Film Festival 2017, Bright Future Award Competition (WP)
MOOOV Film Festival 2017, Discovery


  • Director

    Hala Elkoussy

  • Main Contact

    Hossam Elouan

    Transit Films International

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