El-Gouna Film Festival to honour Lebanese critic Ibrahim Al-Aris with achievement award

Ahram Online , Wednesday 20 Sep 2017

Al-Aris has authored and translated a large number of books about cinema and culture

Ibrahim Al-Aris
Lebanese film critic Ibrahim Al-Aris (Photo: El Gouna Film Festival press release)

Renowned Lebanese film critic Ibrahim Al-Aris is to be honoured with the Career Achievement Award during the inaugural edition of the El-Gouna Film Festival this September.

In a press release, festival director Intishal Al-Timimi said that “everyone who’s familiar with Al-Aris’s works knows that his writing has transcended criticism to broader horizons, which is evident in many of his books, studies and interviews."

Born in Beirut in 1946, Al-Aris is a film critic, journalist, cultural historian and translator. 

He currently heads the film department at London’s Al-Hayat newspaper. 

He has also translated several dozens books and papers about history, cinema, philosophy, economics, and criticism from French, English and Italian.

The festival organisers enumerate Al-Aris's most significant works such as A Journey in Arab Cinema, Martin Scorsese: A Cinematic Biography, Youssef Chahine: A Child’s Perspective, A Rebel’s Grip, Cinema: History and the World, Arab Cinema: Its History, Its Future and Its Role in the Renaissance, among others.

"Al-Aris has compiled his daily columns in a 12-volume anthology he chose to title The Encyclopedia of Human Heritage, of which one volume is titled The History of Film in 100 Years, a critical reading of 100 foreign films considered by Al-Aris to be major turning points in cinematic history, where he prompts readers to visit diverse works across the cinematic spectrum that push aesthetic limits in pursuit of an alternative language of film."

Al-Aris will receive his award on the opening night of the El-Gouna Film Festival, which runs from 22 and 29 September.

The award is part of the festival's tribute to three outstanding Egyptian, Arab and international leading film industry figures who have enriched the art of cinema in their own way. The other two honorees are Egyptian actor Adel Imam and American actor, director and producer Forest Whitaker.

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