Youssef Chahine

Youssef Chahine (born in Alexandria, Egypt, 1926) started studying in a friars' school, and then turned to English College until the High School Certificate. After one year in the University of Alexandria, he moved to the U.S. and spent two years at the Pasadena Play House, taking courses on film and dramatic arts. After coming back to Egypt, cinematographer Alevise Orfanelli helped him into the film business. His film debut was Baba Amin (1950): one year later, with Ibn el Nil (1951) he was first invited to the Cannes Film festival. In 1970, he was awarded a Golden Tanit at the Carthage Festival. With Le moineau (1973), he directed the first Egypt-Algeria co-production. He won a Silver Bear in Berlin for Iskanderija... lih? (1978), the first installment in what proved to be an autobiographic trilogy, completed with _adduta misrija (1982)_ and Iskanderija, kaman oue kaman (1990). In 1992, Jacques Lassalle proposed him to stage a piece of his choice for Comédie Française: Chahine chose to adapt Albert Camus' "Caligola," which proved hugely successful. The same year he started writing Mohager, al- (1994), a story inspired by the Biblical character of Joseph, son of Jacob. This had long been a dream-project, and he finally got to shoot it in 1994. In 1997, 46 years and 5 invitations later, he was again selected Hors Competition in Cannes with Massir, al- (1997).

At the Directors's Fortnight
1987 : Le 6ème jour
1985 : Adieu Bonaparte
1982 : La Mémoire
1978 : Alexandrie pourquoi
1976 : Le Retour du fils prodigue
1970 : Le Choix
1969 : La Terre
1968 : Ces gens et le Nil
1966 : Sables d'or
1965 : Le vendeur de bagues
1964 : L'Aube d'un jour
1963 : Saladin
1961 : Un homme dans ma vie
1961 : L'Appel des amants
1960 : Entre tes mains
1959 : A toi pour toujours
1958 : Gare centrale
1958 : Gamila l'Algérienne
1957 : Tu es mon amour
1957 : Adieu mon amour
1956 : Les Eaux noires
1954 : Le Démon du désert
1954 : Ciel d'enfer
1953 : Femmes sans hommes
1952 : Le Grand Bouffon
1952 : La Dame du Train
1951 : Le Fils du Nil
1950 : Papa Amine

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