On Monday, 15 September, the sixth day of a week-long retrospective on one of Egypt's most influential filmmakers, the late Youssef Chahine, Zawya art house cinema will screen the 1986 production Al-Youm Al-Sades
(The Sixth Day).
Based on the novel by Andree Chedid, the film follows a period during the British occupation of Egypt in the 20th century. The film is set in a poor neighbourhood in Cairo where the protagonist, Sadika, is caring for her bedridden husband and her grandson. Sadika shares a subtle love relationship with young Okka who is a dance performer. Sadika and the whole neighbourhood find hope and a change in their atmosphere in Okka's joyful spirit.
The film stars Dalida, Mohsen Mohieddin, Shwekar, Salah Al-Saadani, Mohamed Mounir, Abla Kamel and Chahine himself.
Chahine was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award at the Cannes Film Festival in 1997. He died in 2008.
Zawya launched in March 2014 and is run by Misr International Films, the film company founded by Chahine himself.
The Sixth Day is set to start at 6.30pm at Zawya
Odeon Cinema, 4 Abdel-Hamid Said Street, off Talaat Harb Street, Downtown, Cairo.