The upcoming Swedish film The Nile Hilton Incident has won the World Cinema Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival 2017.

The film, which is directed by Tarik Saleh, is set in Cairo weeks before the 2011 uprising and follows corrupt detective Noredin Mustafa (Fares Fares), who is handed the case of a murdered singer. While searching for the only witness, an undocumented Sudanese maid, he’s abruptly ordered to close the case. But Noredin continues, and the investigation leads to an untouchable elite who runs the country.

Saleh said in his acceptance speech: “Sundance is by far the best festival in the world. I want to thank my team, my partner, and my daughter, and you Fares because you’re the best fucking actor in the world.”

The Nile Hilton Incident is due for Swedish release later in the year.

Here are two clips from the film:


Emma Vestrheim

Emma Vestrheim is the editor-in-chief of Cinema Scandinavia. Originally from Australia, she is now based in Bergen, Norway, and attends major Nordic film festivals to conduct interviews and review new films.