Zahret Al Sabbar (Cactus Flower)

Directed Hala Elkoussy
Drama | Egypt / UAE | 2017 | Arabic | English | 102 min
Aida (33) is a struggling actress from a provincial background. She finds herself on the streets of Cairo along with her neighbour Samiha (70), a reclusive bourgeois. With no money and nowhere to go, the two women, aided by Yassin (20), a street-savvy youth, embark on a journey to find shelter. Amid the banal and at times disastrous turns their journey takes, they move along parallel journeys of self-discovery. An extraordinary friendship grows among the unlikely trio; a friendship comparable to a delicate flower blooming from a thorny cactus.

Menha El Batroui, Salma Samy, Marwan Alazab