Youssef Chahine Retrospective: Eskendereya Kaman w Kaman (Alexandria Again and Again) screens Tuesday

Ahram Online, Monday 15 Sep 2014

Cairo's art house cinema Zawya is hosting a week-long retrospective on legendary Egyptian director Youssef Chahine

Alexandria Again and Again
Still from Alexandria Again and Again

On Tuesday, 15 September, the final 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 1989 production Eskendereya Kaman w Kaman (Alexandria Again and Again).

The third installment in Chahine's four autobiographical films finds the director's work stalled by a strike. While filming is interrupted, Chahine reminisces about his past relationship with one of the actresses on his set. Their intimacy is depicted symbolicaly through a dance piece. The film plays between realism and fantasy.

The film stars Yousra, Youssef Chahine, Husine Fahmy, Amr Abdel Geleel, Hisham Selim, Tahia Karioka and Hoda Sultan.

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.

An Egyptian Story is set to start at 6.30pm at Zawya
Odeon Cinema, 4 Abdel-Hamid Said Street, off Talaat Harb Street, Downtown, Cairo.

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