LUXOR New Auteurs


Following the film, AFI FEST Director of Programming Sarah Harris leads a conversation between filmmaker Zeina Durra and actors Andrea Risenborough and Karim Saleh.

British aid worker Hana arrives in the ancient city of Luxor, Egypt, seeking solace and rest after working on the harrowing Syrian border. Hana wanders through the sights and sounds of this majestic place, recalling a time when she lived in Luxor as a young adult. During one such day trip, she runs into Sultan, a charming archeologist and former lover. Haunted by her past trauma, Hana moves through Luxor on an introspective and nostalgic journey. With her second feature film, writer/director Zeina Durra creates a powerful and elegant meditation on choices and hope. –Sarah Harris

Zeina Durra received her BA in Oriental studies from Oxford University and MFA from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts graduate film program. Her directorial debut, THE IMPERIALISTS ARE STILL ALIVE!, premiered in the U.S. Dramatic Competition at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival. The Warsaw Film Festival awarded it an award for best first or second feature.


Country: UK

Year: 2020

Director: Zeina Durra

Screenwriter: Zeina Durra

Producers: Zeina Durra, Mohamed Hefzy, Mamdouh Saba, Gianluca Chakra

Executive Producer: Paul Webster

Director of Photography: Zelmira Gainza

Editors: Andrea Chignoli, Matyas Fekete

Production Designer: Mohamed Fakhry

Music: Nascuy Linares

Cast/Featuring: Andrea Riseborough, Karim Saleh, Shereen Reda, Michael Landes

Running Time (minutes): 85

Languages: English, Arabic