Egypt's Misr Launches Youssef Chahine Restoration Project (Exclusive)

By Shackleton, Liz | Screen International, May 13, 2018 | Go to article overview

Egypt's Misr Launches Youssef Chahine Restoration Project (Exclusive)


Shackleton, Liz, Screen International


The project will restore 20 Chahine films, including ‘El Massir’.

‘El Massir’

Egypt’s Misr International Films (MIF) has launched a major restoration project for the films of the company’s founder, world-renowned Egyptian director Youssef Chahine, to mark the 10th anniversary of his death.

MIF is working on the restoration of 20 Chahine films, starting with his first film Baba Amin (1950) and also including Saladin (1963), Alexandria Why? (1979) and The Sixth Day (1986). The first from the project, Chahine’s El Massir (1997), is screening in Cinema de la Plage as part of Cannes Classics on Sunday night.

“We’re especially happy that the Cannes screening will be open to the public as Chahine always cared about the films reaching their audience,” said MIF.

All the films are being restored and digitised with subtitles to ensure they reach a wider worldwide audience. …

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