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Ten films to watch by late Egyptian director Mohamed Khan

Iconic Egyptian director Mohamed Khan, one of Egypt’s most prominent directors belonging to a generation of neo­realist filmmakers, died on Tuesday 26 July

Ahram Online , Tuesday 26 Jul 2016
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Darbet shams (Sunstroke, 1978)

Directed by Mohamed Khan
Starring Nour El-Sherif, Leila Fawzi, Noura

The film won Cidalec Golden Award for best film at the Alexandria Film Festival, 1979; Best Film Award at the Egyptian Film Society Festival, 1979 and a Certificate of Merrit for Direction from the Egyptian Ministry of Culture (1981)

Darbet Shams
(Photo: Poster from Darbet Shams)

Mawaid ala asha (A Dinner Appointment, 1981)

Directed by Mohamed Khan
Written by Bachir El-Dik
Starring Souad Hosny, Ahmed Zaki, Hussein Fahmy, Zouzou Mady, Khairy Beshara

Mawaid ala asha (A Dinner Appointment, 1981)
Poster: Mawaid ala asha (A Dinner Appointment, 1981)

Kharag wa lam ya'ud (Gone and Never Came Back, 1984)

Directed by Mohamed Khan
Written by Assem Tawfiq
Starring Laila Eloui, Farid Shawqi, Aida Abdel Aziz, Tewfik El-Dekn, Yehia El-Fakharany

The film won the Silver Award at the Carthage Film Festival, 1984.

Kharag wa lam ya
Poster: Kharag wa lam ya'ud (Gone and Never Came Back, 1984)

El­-Harreef (The Street Player, 1984)

Written and directed by Mohamed Khan
Starring Adel Imam, Fardous Abdel Hamid, Nagah El-Mogui.

El­-Harreef is one of three films by Khan – alongside Zawgat Ragol Mohem and Ahlam Hind wa Camilia – which were named among the 100 Greatest Arab Films of All Time by the Dubai International Film Festival.
The film won an award for Best Direction at the Egyptian Film Society Festival, 1985. 

El­Harreef (The Street Player, 1984)
Poster: El­Harreef (The Street Player, 1984)

Zawgat Ragol Mohem (The Wife of an Important Man, 1987)

Directed by Mohamed Khan
Starring Mervat Amin, Ahmed Zaki, Hassan Hosny, Zizi Mustafa 

The film was nominated for the Golden Prize at Moscow International Film Festival, 1987.
Zawgat Ragol Mohem is one of three films by Khan – alongside Ahlam Hind wa Camilia and El­-Harreef – which were named among the 100 Greatest Arab Films of All Time by the Dubai International Film Festival

The film won the Silver Award at the Damascus Film Festival, 1987. 

Zawgat Ragol Mohem (The Wife of an Important Man, 1987)
Still from Zawgat Ragol Mohem (The Wife of an Important Man, 1987)

Ahlam Hind wa Camilia (Dreams of Hind and Camilia, 1988)

Written by Mohamed Khan and Mustapha Gomaa (dialogue)
Directed by Mohamed Khan
Starring Naglaa Fathy, Ahmed Zaki, Ayda Reyad

Ahlam Hind wa Camilia is one of three films by Khan – alongside Zawgat Ragol Mohem and El­-Harreef – which were named among the 100 Greatest Arab Films of All Time by the Dubai International Film Festival

The film won the Bronze Award at the Valencia Film Fest in 1988, Best Direction from the Egyptian Film Society Festival in 1989, and Best Film from the Catholic Film Centre in Cairo in 1989.

Ahlam Hind wa Camilia (Dreams of Hind and Camilia, 1988)
Still from Ahlam Hind wa Camilia (Dreams of Hind and Camilia, 1988)

Ayyam El-Sadat (The Days of Sadat 2001)

Directed by Mohamed Khan
Written by Ahmed Bahgat
Starring Ahmed Zaki, Mervat Amin, Mona Zaki, Mokhles El-Behiry, Essad Younis, Ahmed el-Sakka, Salwa Osman

Critics acclaimed Ahmed Zaki in the role of the Egyptian former-president Sadat, saying that the role was one of Zaki's greatest cinematic performances. The film was also second biographical work played by the actor, after he portrayed Gamal Abdel Nasser 1956.

Ayyam El Sadat (The Days of Sadat 2001)
Still from Ayyam El Sadat (The Days of Sadat 2001)

Fi shaket Masr El-Gedeeda (In the Heliopolis Flat, 2007)

Directed by Mohamed Khan
Written by Wessam Soliman
Starring Khaled Aboul Naga, Ghada Adel, Salah Ayman, Marwa Hussein

The film was the Egyptian submission for the 80th Academy Awards in the Best Foreign Language Film category.

Fi shaket Masr El Gedeeda (In the Heliopolis Flat, 2007)
Still from Fi shaket Masr El Gedeeda (In the Heliopolis Flat, 2007)

Fataat El-Masnaa (Factory Girl, 2014)

Directed by Mohamed Khan
Written by Wessam Soliman
Starring Yasmin Raeis, Hani Adel, Salwa Mohamed Ali, Salwa Khattab

In 2014, the film won Best Production at the Egyptian National Film Festival. It also received numerous awards at the 41st Egyptian Film Association Festival in 2015: the Excellence Award for director Mohamed Khan; a Special Jury Award; Best Actress for Yasmin Raeis; Best Supporting Actress for Salwa Khattab; Best Screenplay award for Wessam Soliman; and Best Film Editing for Dina Farouk.

The film won the International Federation of Film Critics (FIPRESCI) award for Arab Feature Competition during the Dubai International Film Festival and a Special Jury Prize from MEDFilm Festival in Italy

Fataat El Masnaa (Factory Girl, 2014)
Still from Fataat El Masnaa (Factory Girl, 2014)

Qabl Zahmet El-Saif (Before the Summer Crowds, 2016)

Directed by Mohamed Khan
Plot and written by Mohamed Khaners with additional dialogue by Nura El-Sheikh
Starring Maged El-Kedwany, Hana Shiha, Ahmed Dawood

The film premiered at the 12th Dubai International Film Festival in December 2015, where it participated in the Muhr feature competition.

Qabl Zahmet El-Saif (Before the Summer Crowds, 2016)
Still from Qabl Zahmet El-Saif (Before the Summer Crowds, 2016)

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