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Youssef Chahine to be feted at Venice fest

19 August 2008 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Rome -- The Venice Film Festival said Monday that it would dedicate this year's edition to Egyptian director Youssef Chahine, who died July 27 at the age of 82.

Chahine, whose crime drama "Heya fawda" (Chaos) screened in competition in Venice last year, was co-winner of the festival's Unesco award in 2002 for his work on the controversial film "11'09'01 -- September 11."

It is the second major homage to Chahine since his death: the just-completed Locarno Film Festival also paid a tribute to the director with a Piazza Grande screening of his historical romance "Al Massir" (Destiny), which had first screened at the same venue in 1997.

In Venice, the tribute film will be "Bab el hadid" (Cairo Station), a 1958 classic Chahine both starred in and directed. The film will screen on Aug. 31, at midnight.

The 65th edition of the Venice Film Festival runs Aug. 27-Sept. 6. »

- By Eric J. Lyman

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Locarno festival to honor Youssef Chahine

30 July 2008 1:00 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Geneva, Switzerland -- The 61st Locarno Film Festival will host a special tribute to Egyptian director Youssef Chahine, who died Sunday at the age of 82.

Among the events planned to honor the helmer is a special Piazza Grande screening Aug. 7 of "Al Massir" (Destiny), Chahine's historical romance that originally screened at the same venue in 1997.

Chahine, who Locarno artistic director Frederic Maire called a "dear friend," had long ties with the Swiss festival that runs Aug. 6-16. »

- By Eric J. Lyman

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Chahine Dies After Long Bout Of Ill Health

27 July 2008 7:33 AM, PDT | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Egyptian moviemaker Youssef Chahine has died, just weeks after suffering a brain haemorrhage.

The celebrated director, 82, passed away at Al Maadi Military Hospital in Cairo on Sunday.

Chahine was originally admitted to a hospital in the Egyptian capital in June after falling into a coma following a brain haemorrhage.

He was flown to Paris, France for treatment and returned to Cairo soon afterwards while he was still in a critical condition.

His health continued to deteriorate until his death on Sunday, according to local news reports.

Chahine, who was born into a Christian family originating from Lebanon, enjoyed a career spanning almost 50 years and was considered to be one of Egypt's top filmmakers.

He won international acclaim for his work in pioneering Egypt's film industry and was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award at France's Cannes International Film Festival in 1997.

Chahine made over 40 films and documentaries in his lifetime, including 1985's Adieu Bonaparte, 1997's Destiny, and 2002's 11'09'01 - September 11, but is perhaps best known for 1969's The Land.

He was nominated for the Cannes International Film Festival's most prestigious prize, the Palm D'or, three times, and the Venice Film Festival in Italy's Golden Lion once - for his final film Heya fawda, which was released in 2007.

The star is also credited with launching the career of fellow Egyptian legend Omar Sharif who shot to fame with roles in 1962's Lawrence of Arabia and Doctor Zhivago in 1965.

However, he was not always so treasured in his homeland, and his films often drew controversy for their sexual overtones and their criticism of political oppression.

In 1994, his movie The Emigrant, based on the Biblical story of Joseph, was banned in Egypt after a fundamentalist lawyer argued the film was a depiction of a prophet - an action that is banned in most Islamic countries.

Chahine is survived by his French wife Colette; the couple had no children. »

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