Celebrating Youssef Chahine: Alexandria Again and Forever

Wednesday 10 July, 6:15 pm

Picturehouse at FACT


Arabic with English subtitles

Running time 106 minutes followed by a post-screening discussion

LAAF plays host to three UK premieres from 20 newly remastered jewels by Youssef Chahine. These three films, which were remastered in 2018 to mark the tenth anniversary of Chahine’s death, are a semi-autobiographical series critics have dubbed “Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man” and are widely regarded as his best works.

Chahine was a pioneer of film-making in Egypt and the Middle East, and these films marked a sharp departure from both his earlier musicals and melodramas and later epics and political works.

The final instalment of this semi-autobiographical series films finds the director’s work stalled by a strike. During the interruption in filming, Chahine reminisces about a past relationship with one of his actors while finding himself gradually drawn to an actress. A masterful amalgam of realism and fantasy, Alexandria Again and Forever is Chahine’s paean to the power of imagination and the artist.

Presented in partnership with Misr Film International.

For guidance we recommend a minimum age of 12.

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