THE gripping political thriller Cairo Conspiracy is Ilkley Film Society's next presentation on Sunday, February 18th (8pm, Ilkley Playhouse).

Adam, a fisherman's son, has won a place at Cairo's prestigious Al-Azhar university, one of the world's leading centres of Islamic learning, whose Grand Imam is considered by Sunni Muslims the highest authority on Islamic philosophy and law. Soon after Adam's arrival the Grand Imam dies and a power struggle to choose his successor begins. Adam finds himself caught up in the struggle which involves conspiracy, murder and Egypt's National Security Agency.

The film could never have been made in Egypt, and Istanbul's 16th century Suleymaniye Mosque was used as the main location. Writer/director Tarik Saleh has both Egyptian and Swedish parentage, and his film was Sweden's entry for the Academy Awards – it also won the Best Screenplay award at Cannes. Saleh first came to prominence in 1989 at the age of 17 as the co-creator of what was then the world's largest graffiti painting, Fascinate, in Stockholm, a work which is now has official protection.

Guests are welcome, as always, but should phone Dave Howell on 01943 430097 or email using the Film Society website to ensure admission.

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