The Nile Hilton Incident
Tarik Saleh
Tarik Saleh
Pierre Aim
Atmo (SE)
ostlicht filmproduktion (DE), Final Cut For Real (DK)
SFI - Swedish Film Institute | Eurimages | MDM - Mitteldeutsche Medienförderung | Danish Film Institute | Copenhagen Film Fund | Film i Väst

The Nile Hilton Incident Cairo 2011. The boiling point. 30 million residents are waiting... Waiting for something to happen.

Noredin (Fares Fares) is the everyday corrupt police detective who makes his buck accepting bribes from street vendors and landlords. By routine, he extorts money from the local criminals. Under the influence of drugs and alcohol, he can still function in a system that is on the brink of collapse.  One night he is assigned a murder investigation. A singer is found dead at the Nile Hilton. What initially seems to be a “crime of passion” turns into something that concerns the very power elite of Egypt.

Director Tarik Saleh: "I knew that when I wrote THE NILE HILTON INCIDENT I was asking for trouble. It’s a little bit like dating a serial killer. But I could have never, in my wildest imagination have known how crazy this production would turn out. I am very glad that no one died. The fiction of “The Nile Hilton Incident” was constantly crashing into reality. To me the film is about a city that I love. It’s about the past and the future colliding - and the people that get crushed in the process.

In Production with Sveriges Television, TV2 Denmark, The Chimney Pot Sverige, Scanbox Entertainment Sweden.

  • World Premiere at Sundance Film Festival 2017, World Cinema Dramatic Competition
  • World Cinema Grand Jury Prize: Dramatic, Sundance Film Festival 2017


  • "The French Connection, Heat and Jean-Pierre Melville are all there in the mix, while the Tahrir Square protest backdrop recalls the way the Rodney King riots were used in another rotten police saga, Dark Blue." Lee Marshal for SCREENDAILY
  • "Blending procedural thrills with politicized documentary, this gripping import (...) should attract sizable domestic interest following its premiere at this year's Sundance Film Festival." Nick Schager for VARIETY
  • "A searingly fatalistic, slow-burn thriller." Justin Lowe for THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER
  • "It's a captivating story with a hell of an ending." Kaitlyn Booth for BLEEDING COOL