Chahine: The Restoration Project

"Youssef Chahine: The Restoration Project" 20 restored classics by Youssef Chahine will be screened for the first time over 10 days, from the 12th to the 22nd of September. The restoration project is done in celebration of the 10th anniversary of Chahine's passing by Misr International Films in collaboration with Egyptian and European partners to honor his legacy, giving the films a new life and bringing them back to the big screen. The screenings will be accompanied by a parallel program of workshops, lectures and talks which will be announced soon.


- Event Films -

| 1999 | Arabic | 107 Mins
Adam and Hanan are deeply in love. She is Egyptian of modest origins, a journalist, and works in a campaign against a rich corrupt family. In Egypt, corruption is everywhere and US interests are gaini...

| 1957 | Arabic | 120 Mins
Out of economic necessity, two Cairo families decide to marry their children. But Farid and Yasmina cannot stomach one another Farid is secretly leading a frenetic night life, singing in a fashionable...

| 1994 | Arabic | English Subtitles | 124 Mins
Ram is intent on leaving his family to travel in search of knowledge and enlightenment. His interest in agriculture leads to new innovations that enable the cultivation of produce in the arid desert...

| 1954 | Arabic | 105 Mins
The film captures several aspects of the harsh class differences in pre – revolutionary Egypt. Ahmad returns home after graduating as an agricultural engineer, full of hopes and plans to increase the ...

| 1986 | Arabic | English Subtitles | 105 Mins
Based on the novel by Andree Chedid, the film explores a period in the British colonialized Egypt during the mid – twentieth century. In a poor Cairo neighborhood, Sadika is taking care of her bedridd...

| Egypt | 1989 | Arabic | English Subtitles | 105 minutes
The third installment in Chahine’s quartet of autobiographical films finds the director’s work stalled by a strike. During the interruption in filming, Chahine reminisces about a past relationship wit...

| 1963 | Arabic | 145 Mins
An early commentary on the manipulation of religion: The film presents a fictional account of the relationship between a battle that pit Saladin, ruler of the areas surrounding the Latin kingdom of Je...

| 1982 | Arabic | 125 Mins
The sequel to the autobiographically inspired Alexandria, Why? , An Egyptian Story covers the beginning of Chahine’s career up to his open-heart surgery in 1973. Chahine plays his alter ego Yehia, who...

| 1955 | Arabic | 120 Mins
A depiction of the problems workers and fishermen face against big business operatives in the port city of Alexandria; Ragab is a destitute fisherman who returns home from travel. Mamdouh is the son o...

| 1958 | Arabic | English Subtitles | 73 Mins
"Chahine himself stars in this melodrama of poverty and sexual frustration that shocked Arab audiences in the 1950s. The filmmaker is remarkably effective as a crippled news vendor who lives alone in ...

| 1950 | Arabic | 110 Mins
1950 Cairo, Amin is a simple employee who lives with his family of three, his wife Zahira, son Nabil and daughter Hoda. Amin’s friend Mabrouk convinces Amin to invest his life savings in a project, wh...

| 1964 | Arabic | 130 Mins
The story of an older upper – class Egyptian woman who falls in love with a young working – class student. Chahine depicts obstacles as well as possibilities in the post – revolution movement and its ...

| 1954 | Arabic | 85 Mins
Essam (Omar Sharif) is a young bedouin who discovers the tyranny of the king of his tribe and decides to overthrow him. He uses a clever trick to sneak into the royal court until he gains the king’s t...

| 1969 | English Subtitles | 130 Mins
One of Chahine’s most enduring classics, the Land details the struggle of a group of peasant farmers in the 1930s to protect their fields and their livelihood against a corrupt pasha interested only i...

| 1976 | Arabic | English Subtitles | 120 Mins
The story is adapted from a novel by Andre Gide and depicts a family going through a fatal crisis. Ali Madbouli, a former social activist who went on to marry the daughter of a wealthy contractor with...

| 1957 | Arabic | 100 Mins
The film contains one of the most inventive duets in the history of Egyptian cinema. Here we find Farid al – Atrache and Shadia playfully enacting the relationship of young lovers, with the charm and ...

| 1997 | Arabic, French | English Subtitles | 131 Mins
Alarmed by the rise of religious fundamentalism in Egypt in the 1990’s Chahine created an historic epic centered on the philosopher Ibn Rashd (known in the West as Averroes) and set in medieval Cordob...

| 1984 | Arabic, French | English and Arabic Subtitles | 114 Mins
In 1978, Napoleon lands his army in Egypt, defeats the Mameluke warlords (the remnants of Ottoman rule), and goes to Cairo. Three brothers, who are Egyptian patriots, chafe under Mameluke rule and rej...

| 1978 | Arabic | English Subtitles | 125 Mins
Alexandria, Why? Marked a radical, newly introspective turn in Chahine’s active career, a sharp departure from his Fifties musicals and melodramas and his later epics and political films. The first of...

| Egypt | 1982 | Arabic | English Subtitles | 125 minutes
The sequel to the autobiographically inspired Alexandria, Why? , An Egyptian Story covers the beginning of Chahine’s career up to his open-heart surgery in 1973. Chahine plays his alter ego Yehia, who...

| 1952 | Arabic | 100 Mins
A traditional popular melodrama, musical revolving around a singer and her wealthy husband who is devoured by his passion for the game...