Archive of films Alexandria... Why? / Eskanderija... lih?

Egypt
1978, 125 min

Section: Tribute to Youssef Chahine
Year: 2019

Winner of a Silver Bear at the Berlinale, this is one of Chahine’s most popular movies abroad: a grand autobiographical ode to pre-WW2 cosmopolitan Alexandria centering on a young actor (standing in for Chahine) who dreams of studying acting in the United States. Whimsical, multi-layered and utterly invigorating, this loving, crowd-pleasing panorama of Chahine’s birthplace meticulously reconstructs an Alexandria known by few outside Egypt.


Synopsis

Winner of a Silver Bear at the Berlinale, this is one of Chahine’s most popular movies abroad: a grand autobiographical ode to pre-WW2 cosmopolitan Alexandria that centers on a young actor (standing in for Chahine) who dreams of studying acting in the United States. Whimsical, multi-layered and utterly invigorating, this loving, crowd-pleasing panorama of Chahine’s birthplace – featuring some of Egypt’s biggest stars of the time – meticulously reconstructs an Alexandria known by few outside Egypt.

Joseph Fahim

Contacts

Misr International Films
35 Champollion Street, , Cairo
Egypt
Tel: +20 122 2117478
E-mail: [email protected]

About the film

Color, Black & White, DCP

Section: Tribute to Youssef Chahine
   
Director: Youssef Chahine
Screenplay: Youssef Chahine, Mohsen Zayed, Hassan Abdel Rabo
Dir. of Photography: Mohsen Nasr
Music: Fouad El-Zahery
Editor: Rashida Abdel Salam
Art Director: Nehad Bahgat
Producer: Youssef Chahine
Production: Misr International Films
Cast: Mohsen Mohy El Deen, Farid Shawky, Naglaa Fathy, Ezzat El-Alaily, Mahmoud El-Meligy
Sales: Misr International Films

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