Ciné­math­èque Française to screen Youssef Chahine’s re­stored films

He has man­aged to make lo­cal films tran­scend na­tional borders

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Start­ing 14th of No­vem­ber, Cinéma thè que Française will or­gan­ise a long ret­ro­spec­tive to hon­our the legacy of Arab Cin­ema’s renowned di­rec­tor, Youssef Chahine, to be screened in France.

Youssef Chahine, one of the most out­stand­ing di­rec­tors of Egyp­tian cin­ema, is cred­ited with in­tro­duc­ing Egyp­tian Cin­ema to the world. He has man­aged to make the lo­cal films tran­scend na­tional borders.

Trained in the US and a long-time Hol­ly­wood fan, Chahine re­turned home in 1948, draw­ing from the pop­u­lar melo­dra­mas at the time, but also in­ject­ing a note of so­cial re­al­ism.

While Chahine is well-known world­wide, and in 1997 was awarded the Cannes Film Fes­ti­val’s 50th an­niver­sary Life­time Achieve­ment Award, his re­la­tions with the Egyp­tian au­thor­i­ties have of­ten been dif­fi­cult.

His 1958 film Bab El-Ha­did (Cairo Sta­tion), among oth­ers, will be screened to the French au­di­ence.

Last May, the clas­sics sec­tion of the Cannes Film Fes­ti­val screened the mas­ter­piece of Egyp­tian di­rec­tor El-Mas­sir.

He has, de­servedly, won a num­ber of pres­ti­gious awards among which are: ‘the Golden Tanit’ at the Carthage Film Fes­ti­val, ‘the Choice (El Ikhtiyâr)’ in 1970, the Ber­lin Grand Jury Prize for ‘Alexan­dria, why? (Iskan­dariyyah lîh)’ in 1978.

He was also awarded three doc­tor­ates. The first, from Paris VIII Univer­sity in 1997, the sec­ond, from the Amer­i­can Univer­sity in Cairo in 2002, and the third, from Mar­seille Sum­mer Univer­sity in 2002. He has also been dec­o­rated 12 times with the or­der of the Com­man­der of the Arts and Let­ters by Egypt, Tu­nisia, Le­banon, and France.

Youssef Chahine

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