The Yacoubian Building
Original title: عمارة يعقوبيان

Director: Marwan Hamed Writer: Wahid Hamid, Alaa Al Aswany
Run time: 161 minutes Release date: 2006-06-01
Floor location: Foreign Format: DVD
Production Countries: Egypt
Spoken Languages: العربية, English, Français
Cairo: a 70-year-old building of once-luxury flats with tenements on the roof. Zika, an aging libertine, feuds with his sister. Pius Haj Azzam takes a second wife, in secret, to satisfy sexual drive within religious bounds. Bothayna, poor and beautiful, supports her family, wanting to do so with dignity intact. Her former fiancé, Taha, the janitor's son, humiliated by the police, turns to fundamentalism. Hatem, a gay editor, seduces and corrupts a young man from the sticks. Two brothers, Copts, one a tailor and one Zika's factotum, connive for property. Allah is on most everyone's lips, and corruption is in their hearts.