Iskindiriah Kaman Oue Kaman
We spend our life hiding the best we can give to each other : we all have a passion.. We all suffer, and all keep silent… letting solitude take us over… threatened by hypocrisy. All the means of communication have been invented… but without any instructions for use. If you get upset… from listening to my feelings… then stay away from me… but if you accept to look into my joys and wounds, then give me your hand for 105 minutes or so. Our paths are meant to cross… You’ll find yourself… less… lonely… and so will I…
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).
Olivier Schwob, Dominique Hennequin
Onsi Abou Seif
Production : Misr International Films au Caire ; Paris Classics Productions à Paris Vente à l’étranger : UGC à Neuilly S/Seine
Title in Original Version : Alexandrie, Encore Et Toujours