FIANCÉES follows the path of three women towards marriage. While capturing this turning point, the film draws a portrait of Cairo’s modern society, in which today's generation must face the pressure of unshakable tradition and their own desire for greater freedom.
Cairo, a city of more than 20 million people, has recently gone through multiple political, cultural and economic upheavals, forcing Egyptian society to reinvent itself. In this unstable context, FIANCÉES is an immersion into the daily lives of young Egyptians on the long path towards marriage.
Batool and Bassam are aspiring actors struggling to maintain a balance in their relationship. The wait for an apartment and their family’s pressure are weakening their harmony.
Marize and Ramy are Christians that have privileged backgrounds. Their dream is a perfect marriage and access to sexuality. They want to use contraception while following the traditions imposed by religion. They represent the youth that is both influenced by the western and traditional world.
Randa and Abdelrahman have a Muslim traditional background and wish for more freedom in their daily lives. Randa's claims about gender equality collide with the beliefs of Egyptian society.
Monday December 9 at 20:00, 2019 - Aubonne Cinema Rex
Thursday February 27 at 20:00 - Les Cinémas du Grütli, Genève
February 28, 2020
MUMBAI INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (2020), Best Editing Award
TIRANA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (2019), Best Documentary Award
WORLD PREMIERE at VISIONS DU RÉEL (2019), selected for the National competition
Documentary - 80 min.
OV Arabic, subtitles: French, English, German
© 2019 Intermezzo Films
With: Batool & Bassam, Marize & Ramy, Randa & Abdelrahman
Direction and image: Julia Bünter
Sound: Manar Ahmed, Mostafa Shaaban Abdelhamid, Sameh Nabil
Production: Cellar Door Studio, Tamer Nady
Editing: Myriam Rachmuth
Sound editing and mix: William Aikman
Sound studio: BBC Street Post Production
Image postproduction studio: Studio Rougegorge, Robin Erard
Direction assitants: Manar Ahmed, Caroline Emery
Graphic design: Melina Wilson
Subtitles: Babelfisch Translations
Website: Jeff Gaudinet, Raphaël Arbuz
Executive production: Intermezzo Films SA, Luc Peter
Production Office, Geneva: Anne Deluz, Elodie Bieri, Katia Monla Guisolan, Stéphanie Severino
Administration: Karla Kolder
Accounting: Annick Kammacher
Coproduction: Nouvelle Tribu, Yasmine Abd El Aziz
With the support of:
Cinéforom and Loterie Romande
Federal Office of Culture (FOC)
Cultural Fund of Société Suisse des Auteurs (SSA)
Fonds culturel Suissimage
Migros Culture Percentage
RTS, Unité des films documentaires – Steven Artels & Gaspard Lamunière
Succès Passage Antenne
Bourse stage Ville de Genève / Fonction Cinéma