"I think the conflict will end, whether next year or five years from now or 10 years from now," Abu-Assad said. "But you want to make a movie that survives the conflict, after 20 years or 100 years still seems a good movie. This is why I think really the film is not about the conflict, it's really about love, friendship, and betrayal and about the genre thriller. There are three combinations of thriller, the American thriller combined with the French thriller and the Egyptian one. It's a movie also about cinema."