Love was in the air — not to mention on the screen — at Monday’s New York premiere of “Cairo Time,” held at Cinema CC.
Writer-director Ruba Nadda conceived the film as a “love letter to Cairo,” capturing every element of the city despite having just 25 days to shoot there. By the time the credits rolled, attendees were ready to hop on a plane to make the 5,600 mile trek.
Adding to the veneration was the universal praise of the film’s star, Patricia Clarkson. At times, the night felt as much like an ode to her as it was to the Egyptian capital.
Nadda said, “I thought I was going to have a heart attack” when she found out that Clarkson had accepted the role.
Alexander Siddig, Clarkson’s co-star, joined in the love fest, rejecting any notion that the two shared top billing.
“I am a supporting actor, that’s all I do,” Siddig said. “I am supporting Patricia now.”
When asked why, his answer was simple enough: “She’s sex on wheels.”