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Paris' Palais du Cinéma to name hall after Egypt's Youssef Chahine

France's celebrated Palais du Cinéma in Paris plans to name one of its main halls after late Egyptian filmmaker Youssef Chanine

Ahram Online, Monday 15 Apr 2013
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Luxor cinema, in final months of restoration, Paris November 2012 (Photo: Ati Metwaly)
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The Louxor Cinema Theatre at the Palais du Cinéma in Paris will rename one of its main halls for late Egyptian filmmaker Youssef Chahine (1926-2008), according to Misr International Films, the company founded by Chahine.

A company press release published on Al-Ahram's Arabic-language news website described the move as "an honour to be added to the list of honours [Chahine] has received throughout his life and even after his death."

Chahine, it added, "is one of the most prominent film directors in Egypt and has won several international awards. Several streets in several cities around the world are named after him."

The Youssef Chahine Cinema Hall, formerly known as Louxor, was recently refurbished with ancient Egyptian decor. It will reopen on 17 April, according to Al-Ahram, with a screening of Chahine's 1997 film Al-Maseer ('The Destiny') about celebrated Arab philosopher Ibn Rush (Averroes).

Chahine's total filmography exceeds 37 films and has won a number of international awards, ending with the Golden Jubilee Award at Cannes International Film Festival in 1997 for his lifetime contribution to cinema. In 2006, France granted Chahine the rank of "officer" in its Committee of Honour.

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Yousef Chahine

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