For decades, Youssef Chahine (1926 – 2008) was the central figure of Egyptian cinema. Inspired by neo-realism and melodrama as well as musicals, his films deal with crucial issues of Egyptian society – and to this day, they offer insights into the realities and dreams of the Arab world. With 37 features and five short films to his name he won many of the most prestigious awards, such as the Tanit d’Or at Carthage, the Silver Bear in Berlin and several lifetime achievement awards, in Venice and Cannes amongst others.
The Youssef Chahine retrospective runs from 16 May until end of June at Filmpodium Zurich and at Stadtkino Basel and as of 30 May at the cinema REX Bern. The film selection was made in cooperation with IAFFZ.