Second Egyptian

A Russian woman and an Egyptian man meet in a New York diner. She has no job, no place to go and nobody to talk to. He has a job, a small room and nobody to talk to. He invites her to his place, cooks her a meal and tells her he is a virgin.

In New York – the city of so many different cultural and ethical codas, where the rich past of the countries we come from, like Russia and Egypt, surface as cheap nick necks on our bedside tables and tacky calendars on our walls, two people meet and … don’t fall in love.

written by Marina Palei and Irina Patkanian
directed an produced by Irina Patkanian
with Natia Dune and Mohamed Elkik
music by Julia Vorontsova
shot by Stephen Earnhart and Gus Ford

2007 San Diego Women Film Festival, Sand Diego, CA (best narrative short award)
Arpa International Film Festival, Los Angeles, CA
Women’s International Film Festival, Florida;
Newfilmmakers, Anthology Film Archives, New York, NY
62nd UFVA, Denver, CO (award finalist)