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'The Other' at Alliance Francaise

Egyptian filmmaker Youssef Chahine’s 'The Other' L'autre will be screened at 3 pm on June 16 at Alliance Francaise, Barnes Place Colombo-7. The political drama addressing such topics, fundamentalist terrorism, multiculturalism, globalization and political corruption was screened at the New York Film Festival and it was director's fortieth feature.

Adam, who is back in the United States, marries Hanane. Adam is part of a highly influential aristocratic family in Egypt. Hanane is a journalist and denounces the fact that the elite is getting richer at the expense of the rest of the population.

Born in Alexandria in Egypt in 1926, Youssef Chahine is the founder of the Egyptian personal film and one of the most important Arab directors. For more than half a century in more than 40 often taboo-breaking films, Chahine has woven together tales and history, often on the basis of his own life. He has received various awards, like in Cannes in 1997 for his life"s work.

After working for just two years as an actor, he made his first film "Papa Amin", a musical comedy, in 1950. With "Crime in the Main Station in Cairo" he created a milestone of Egyptian neo-realism. His international breakthrough came with his autobiographical film "Alexandria... Why?" in 1978, for which he was awarded the Silver Bear at the International Film Festival in Berlin. His interpretation of the Biblical story of Joseph "The Emigrant" in 1994 was banned in Egypt. "Fate" in 1997 was nominated for the Golden Palm in Cannes, where he was then given an award for his life"s work, which in the course of half a century already encompassed more than 40 films.

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