Clash

Eshtebak

Schedule

Monday, Nov. 6 at 2:25pm
Wednesday, Nov. 8 at 9:00pm

Set entirely within the confines of a police van, “Clash” — which premiered at Cannes as part of the Un Certain Regard section — dramatizes the ongoing political unrest in Egypt two years after the Arab Spring. It’s 2013 and mass protests have led to the ouster of the ruling Muslim Brotherhood by the army. A series of arrests finds rival demonstrators trapped in a paddy wagon together under the threat of impossibly stifling heat. From this simple setup, Mohamed Diab weaves a white-knuckled tale of resistance and shared humanity that artfully evokes the political fault lines in the Arab world’s most populous nation. Hailing “Clash” as “a rather amazing New Wave-style drama that combines claustrophobic intimacy with some logistically epic scene-setting,” the Guardian writes: “The movie stunningly replicates that sense of inside and outside that must be felt by witnesses to any historic moment: the private debate, the enclosed conflict, and the theatre of confrontation unfolding beyond. What a dynamic piece of cinema.”