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.

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. At times it scared me, but to be honest, this is why I do this - to make my dreams come true. 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’s crushed in the process.



2017 Sundance Film Festival Grand Jury Prize: World Cinema Dramatic
Beaune International Thriller Film Festival Grand Prix



The spectator goes through all the emotions, carried away like the heroes by the violent wind of the history: do not miss this immense film!

Le Parisien

An effective and fascinating thriller. Tarik Saleh denounces a society tainted by corruption at all levels. Our advice: Should not be missed.

Le Monde

Beautiful film, dark, precise, burning, mixing suspense and politics.

Le Figaro

Twice in a row the first film I’ve seen at Sundance is so brilliant, so accomplished that I start Sundance on a mountain high — and it’s not the thin air.

Filmmaker Magazine

"The French Connection, Heat and Jean-Pierre Melville are all there in the mix"

Screen Daily

[The film] …like Andrej Zvyagintsev’s Leviathan, charts one man’s deluded attempt to do the right thing in a world where money and power are the only moral arbiters.

Screen Daily

Like the finest noir, what springs forth from Saleh’s film is the dreary belief that the bad sleep well while the rest are left to suffer in the streets.


Pierre Aim’s prowling camera unpeels the city’s layers of physical and moral decay in muted, contrasting tones that intermittently highlight sudden, bloody bursts of violence...

Hollywood Reporter

The Nile Hilton Incident represents the type of penetrating filmmaking that only a writer-director intimately familiar with Egyptian culture but possessing an outsider’s perspective could convincingly accomplish.

Hollywood Reporter

The extraordinary cast, Arab and Sudanese, inhabit their roles like a second skin; you constantly remind yourself they’re acting. Not a false or contrived note in 106 minutes.

Filmmaker Magazine

The Nile Hilton Incident darkly unfolds like the very best of Graham Greene — did I mention Carol Reed’s The Third Man is my all-time favorite film? — but goes Greene one better.

Filmmaker Magazine

Masterfully shot by Pierre Aïm, the thriller benefits immensely from a harrowing rhythm established by Theis Schmidt’s angry editing ...Obviously [it is] well on its way to becoming a festival, critic and audience darling.




Festival contact
The Swedish Film Institute

World sales
Match Factory

Swedish distributor

Kristina Åberg
+46 (0)70 768 31 33

إللي حصل في الهيلتون The Nile Hilton Incident. DIRECTOR Tarik Saleh. PRODUCER. Kristina Åberg. CO-PRODUCERS Marcel Lenz, Ostlicht film production, Monica Hellström, Final Cut for Real, Film i Väst, Nordsvensk Filmunderhållning, Sveriges Television, Chimney, Scanbox. WITH SUPPORT FROM The Swedish Film Institute, Eurimages, Mitteldeutsche Medienförderung, Danish Film Institute, Copenhagen Film fond, West Danish Film Fund. CAST Fares Fares, Mari Malek, Yaser Ali Maher, Ahmed Selim, Slimane Dazi, Hichem Yacobi, Hania Amar, Mohamed Yousry, Sanaa Shafea'a, Ahmed Khairy, Ahmed Abd Al Hamid Hefny, Nael Ali, Ger Duany. DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY Pierre Aim. PRODUCTION DESIGNER Roger Rosenberg, COMPOSER Krister Linder. SOUND DESIGN Fredrik Jonsäter. EDITOR Theis Schmidt. CASTING DIRECTORS Fabien Boitiere, Marwa Gabriel. SCRIPT CONSULTANT Magdi Abdelhadi. COSTUME DESIGNER Louize Nissen. EFFECTS SUPERVISOR Peter Hjort. LINE PRODUCER Alex Corven. CO PRODUCERS Marcel Lenz, Guido Schwab, Monica Hellström, Signe Byrge Sørensen, Per Bouveng, Fredrik Zander, Karim Debbagh,