Andrea Riseborough has become one of our most fascinating actresses, picking some of the darkest and wildest films of the past few years, including Nocturnal Animals, Mandy and this year's Possessor. But her latest film gives her an opportunity to play something a bit more traditional, though no less powerful.
In Luxor, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival this year, she plays Hana, a British aid worker who returns to Egypt to reconnect with her past. But she gets more than she expected when she runs into Sultan (Karim Saleh), an old flame. While immersing herself in the history of the country, she's overwhelmed with emotions and forced to rethink her life going forward. The film also had a real-life impact on the stars, as they began dating in real life.
This marks writer-director Zeina Durra's first film in a decade. 2010 marked her feature debut: the New York art world drama The Imperialists Are Still Alive! Both films competed for the World Cinema – Dramatic prize at Sundance.
Luxor opens in select theaters and on VOD on Friday, December 4.