Youssef Chahine / Egypt 1958 / 1h30m / Digital / Arabic with English subtitles
Cast: Youssef Chahine, Hind Rostom, Farid Shawqi, Hassan el Baroudi, Abdel Aziz Khalil.
In and around the station, many people try to scrape a living and some loving. Kenawi, a limping, love-hungry newspaper seller, falls for Hanuma, a feisty, voluptuous siren. Hanuma is one of a group of unofficial female vendors who dodge the authorities to sell soft drinks to passengers. She is about to marry Abu Seri, a loud and heavy-handed porter who is trying to form a trade union. Meanwhile, newspapers report on a gruesome murder…
Chahine, who made his first film in 1950 and received a Lifetime Achievement Award at Cannes in 1997, explores sexuality, repression, madness and violence among the marginalised in this film, regarded as one of his masterpieces.