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Al Ousfour

Fortnight 1973, Feature film, 105'


Yussif Fath el-Bab, journaliste issu de la classe bourgeoise, mène une enquête sur les activités d’Abou Kheidr, bandit de grand chemin. Il apparaît qu’Abou Kheidr bénéficie de complicités venues des hautes sphères de la classe dirigeante. Rawf, jeune capitaine, est envoyé en mission dans le sud pour mettre fin au règne féodal du puissant bandit. Son jeune frère Ryad est affecté aux frontières du Sinaï.
Abou Kheidr défie l’autorité gouvernementale, jusqu’au jour où le préfet Ismail, le père de Rawf, se déplace en personne pour diriger l’opération. Abou Kheidr est tué.
De retour au Caire, Rawf vient loger chez Bahiya, une amie de Yussif. Ses amis, parmi lesquels le Sheikh Ahmad et sa fille Fatma, découvrent la vérité au sujet des mystérieuses protections politiques dont joui


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).

Ali El Scherif
Mahmoud El-Meliguy
Mohsena Tewfik
Myriam Fakhr Eddine
Salah Kabil
Seif El Dine

Loufti el Kholi et Youssef Chahine

Mustapha Imam

35, rue Champollion
Le Caire
et ONCIC Alger

Title in Original Version : Le Moineau