Q&A with writer-director Sally El Hosaini and star James Floyd at 6:30pm screenings on Friday and Saturday!
A masterful debut from one of England's boldest and brightest new talents, Sally El Hosaini's My Brother the Devil stars James Floyd as Rashid, a young man from a traditional Arab family who runs with a gang that rules the streets of Hackney, one of London's most ethnically-mixed and historically volatile neighborhoods. Rashid's younger brother, Mo, (Fadi Elsayed) idolizes his handsome, charismatic older brother and dreams of following in his footsteps, but Rashid envisions a different life for Mo and insists that he stay away from gang life and stick to his studies. When Rashid forms a bond with Sayyid (Said Taghmaoui), an older man of similar background who is now a successful photographer, he is introduced to a world he never knew existed. But, just as he decides he wants out of his dead-end life on the streets, Mo decides he wants in, and starts doing drug runs behind Rashid's back. Headed on a collision course of conflicting desires, each young man is forced to face himself and confront the brother he thought he knew.
Sundance Film Festival, 2012
Berlin International Film Festival, 2012
Outfest, 2012 (Winner – Grand Jury Award)
“An energetic and imaginative tale of siblings at a crossroads…imaginatively even poetically shot… a film that so artfully
refuses to surrender to convention.” —John Anderson, Variety
“A bold and terrifically confident debut.” —Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian
“One of the most visually striking British debuts in recent times.” —Sight and Sound