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Destiny (1997)

Al-massir (original title)
The story is set in the 12th century in Arab-ruled Spanish province Andalusia, where famed philosopher Averroes is appointed grand judge by the caliph and his liberal court judgements are ... See full summary »

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Youssef Chahine
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Nour El-Sherif ... Averroes (as Nour El Cherif)
Hani Salama ... Abdellah
Mahmood Hemaidah ... Al Mansour, The Caliph (as Mahmoud Hemeida)
Layla Olwi
Safia El Emari Safia El Emari ... Averroes' Wife (as Safia El Emary)
Mohamed Mounir Mohamed Mounir ... The Bard
Khaled Nabawy ... Nasser, The Crown Prince (as Khaled El Nabaoui)
Seif Abdelrahman ... The Caliph's Brother (as Seif Abdel Rahman)
Abdalla Mahmoud ... Borhan
Rogeena Rogeena ... Salma
Ahmed Fouad Selim Ahmed Fouad Selim ... Cheikh Riad
Magdy Edris Magdy Edris ... Emir of the Sect (as Magdi Idris)
Ahmed Moukhtar Ahmed Moukhtar ... Bard
Sherifa Maher Sherifa Maher ... Manuella's Mother
Rayek Azzab Rayek Azzab ... El Razi
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Storyline

The story is set in the 12th century in Arab-ruled Spanish province Andalusia, where famed philosopher Averroes is appointed grand judge by the caliph and his liberal court judgements are not liked by everyone. The caliph's political rivals, centered around the leader of a fanatical Islamic sect, force the caliph to send Averroes into exile, but his ideas keep on living thanks to his students. Written by Anonymous

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Country:

France | Egypt

Language:

French | Arabic

Release Date:

16 October 1998 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Destiny See more »

Filming Locations:

Saint-Gilles, Gard, France See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby | Dolby SR

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Official submission of Egypt for the 'Best Foreign Language Film' category of the 70th Academy Awards in 1998. See more »

Quotes

Caliph's brother: Thoughts have wings. No one can prevent them from flying.
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Soundtracks

Alli sotak
Performed by Mohamed Mounir
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Entertaining, compelling
22 September 2014 | by Andy-296See all my reviews

Egyptian director Youssef Chahine biopic of Arab philosopher Averroes (who lived in Andalusia during the 1100s) is surprisingly compelling, with fine production values, including a lavish color cinematography (this was a co production with France that won awards at the Cannes film festival in 1997). Averroes (played by Nour el Sheriff) is seen in the movie, avant la lettre, as a wise champion of rationality and against fundamentalism. Aside having to fight the intrigue of fundamentalists, he has to do some optical experiments and also has to deal with family problems, a misguided caliph, and Christian troops eager to attack Andalusia. The movie also includes ridiculous but charming musical interludes reminiscent of Indian movies.


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