Two newly restored Egyptian classics to screen at Saudi Red Sea Film Festival

Ahram Online , Sunday 12 Nov 2023

Victory of Youth, starring Farid Al-Atrash and Asmahan, and My Wife's Goblin, with Shadia and Salah Zulfiqar, will screen during the Treasures segment of the upcoming Red Sea Film Festival in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia

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Both films have been restored by the Red Sea Film Festival working in partnership with the Egyptian Media Production City.

Victory of Youth (Entessar El-Shabab) is a 1941 musical comedy, written and directed by Ahmed Badrakhan.

The film follows two siblings who struggle to make ends meet: a young composer Wahid (portrayed by Farid Al-Atrash) and his sister, singer Nadia (Asmahan, the real-life sister of Al-Atrash). Nadia falls in love with wealthy Mohy, but his mother opposes while Wahid also loves a wealthy girl and agrees with her brother to marry her.

My Wife's Goblin (Karamet Zawgati) is a 1968 romantic comedy, directed by Fatin Abdel-Wahab.

The film follows a married couple, Saleh (depicted by Salah Zulfikar) and Aida (Shadia), with the latter exhibiting a strange mental illness. Aida believes herself to be a character in each consecutive film she watches. The doctors advise Saleh that to avoid a life-threatening shock, he should play along, a solution that often puts him in very embarrassing situations.

The screening of two restored classics is part of the festival’s continuous efforts to restore the cinematic gems.

Last year, the festival restored and screened Watch Out for Zouzou (Khaly Balak Men Zouzou, 1972), one of the most important Egyptian films, starring Soad Hosny. The festival also screened Love in Karnak (Gharam fil Karnak, 1965), a fictionalized story of the Reda Troupe, Egypt's earliest professional folkloric dance group.  

Commenting on this year's restoration, Director of Arab Programmes and Film Classics Antoine Khalife said: "We are delighted to be presenting a selection of cinematic masterpieces from all over the world in this year’s Treasures strand. Once again, we have unearthed some very special titles to present which celebrate many eras and genres in cinema, and we look forward to both welcoming existing fans of the titles and creating new ones.”

Victory of Youth and My Wife's Goblin are two of seven films to be presented in the Treasures segment of the festival.

The programme also includes a new 4K version of Crossing the Bridge: The Sound of Istanbul (2005), a Turkish film directed by Fatih Akin; Jacques Demy’s musical comedy Les Demoiselles de Rochefort (1967, France); City of God (2002, Brazil), the seminal, epic crime film co-directed by Fernando Meirelles and Kátia Lund; as well as two British films directed by Keith Fulton and Louis Pepe: Lost in La Mancha (2002) and He Dreams of Giants (2009). 

The upcoming Red Sea Film Festival is scheduled to take place between 30 November and 9 December in Jeddah.

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