Friday Market

In one long shot the camera travels along the section of Cairo’s Friday market that is set up on railroad tracks. Here, framed by the highway and the Al-Imam As Safi’i cemetery, every Friday locals and vendors from all over the city offer their products for sale, set up on tables or spread on the ground. The camera moves at a steady, slow pace along the tracks, like a train passing a closed-down station. The people inhabiting the market – the sellers and buyers, and the people living at its edge become the protagonists of the film, collapsing the borders between performance, documentary and fiction film.

Director's Biography
Heidrun Holzfeind, geboren 1972 in Lienz, Österreich. Ihre Arbeit befragt immanente architektonische und soziale Utopien und lotet die Grenze zwischen Geschichte und Identität, zwischen individuellen Geschichten und den politischen Narrativen der Gegenwart aus. //
OK Artist in Residence 2012
Heidrun Holzfeind
Austria / Egypt 2008
8 minutes
OV with English subtitles
Screenplay Heidrun Holzfeind
Cinematography Josef Saad
Editing Heidrun Holzfeind