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Sharm El-Sheikh Film Festival to honour late director Hassan El-Imam

The festival announced its plans to celebrate the renowned director ahead of its upcoming edition in March 2019

Ahram Online , Sunday 30 Sep 2018
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Late renowned Egyptian director Hassan Imam (Photo: Al-Ahram Arabic)
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For its third edition next March, the Sharm El-Sheikh Film Festival will honour the legacy of acclaimed late Egyptian director Hassan El-Imam (1919-1988).

El-Imam directed over 100 films, which will be celebrated in a special programme.

This edition is headed by Magdy Ahmed Ali in collaboration with the Noon Cultural and Artistic Organisation, and promises a new and upgraded vision in its programming.

The festival is preparing a book on El-Imam, as well as a symposium to discuss his work in the presence of his contemporaries. This is in parallel with screenings of his films.

The festival, scheduled for 2-8 March, coincides with what would have been El-Imam's birthday on 6 March.

Working between the 1950s and mid-80s, El-Imam was known for directing a series of films based on Naguib Mahfouz’s novels, including Bayn El-Qasren (1962), Zokak El-Madaq (1963), Kasr El-Shouq (1966), and El-Sokareya (1973).

One the public's timeless favourites is his film Khaly Balak men Zouzou (1972).

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