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Cinémathèque Française in Paris pays homage to Youssef Chahine

The Cinémathèque Française is holding an extensive programme of screenings and an exhibition paying homage to the Egyptian filmmaker's legacy

Ahram Online , Monday 12 Nov 2018
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The Cinémathèque Française in Paris is celebrating ten years since the death of Egyptian director Youssef Chahine with a programme of screenings and lectures starting this week.

The programme will run between 14 November and 28 July 2019, with a special press preview on 12 November featuring some of the stars of Chahine's films including Yousra, Nabila Ebeid, Lebleba, Mahmoud Hemeida, Yosra El-Lozy and Ahmed Yehia.

The opening will screen one of Chahine's best-known films, Bab El-Hadid (“Cairo Station”).

During November, 17 of Chahine's films will be screened, and there will be an exhibition of archives and some of his writings and musical instruments, which will be in place for six months.

Much of the exhibition is from the collection of the Cinémathèque Française, with many items donated by Chahine himself, and later on, by his family.

The exhibition is described as "a walk in the heart of the worlds of Chahine, evoking his inspirations, his passions, his crushes, his rants, the journey of a master of staging, and a man in love."

One of the curators of the exhibition is Tunisian researcher Amal Guermazi, who is currently writing her PhD dissertation on Chahine's music.

On 21 November she will hold a lecture on the filmmaker’s musicals.

"Thanks to his well-kept archive, it is possible to trace a singular creative process (writing and preparation, filming and post-production) and to reveal the filmmaker's underlying convictions," the event description reads.

Guermazi will also play some key pieces of Chahine's work on the violin.

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