• Said Marzouk – Zawgaty wal kalb AKA My Wife and the Dog (1971)

    1971-1980ArthouseDramaEgyptSaid Marzouk

    My Wife and the Dog is widely regarded as a landmark film, one that broke with established conventions of style and proposed a new approach to narrative structure and visual language. Painter and filmmaker Marzouk’s first fiction feature tells the story of a newlywed lighthouse attendant who leaves his wife behind on the mainland for months. In his solitude, memories of adulterous adventures from his bachelorhood obsess him to the point that he begins to suspect his wife. Evocative imagery and compelling performances from a cast of iconic Egyptian stars—including Soad Hosni, Mahmud Mursi, and Nour El-Sherif—lend the film a sweeping, emotional charge.Read More »

  • Omar El Zohairy – Feathers (2021)

    2021-2030DramaEgyptMysteryOmar El Zohairy

    PLOT: A passive mother who dedicates her life to her husband and children. Stuck in daily, repetitive, mundane chores, she has made herself as little as she possibly could. When a magic trick goes wrong at her 4-year-old son’s birthday party, an avalanche of coincidental absurdities befalls the family. The magician turns her husband, the authoritarian father, into a chicken. The mother is now forced to come to the fore and take care of the family while moving heaven and earth to bring her husband back. As she tries to survive, she goes through a rough and absurd transformation.Read More »

  • Atef El-Taieb – Sawak al-utubis AKA The Bus Driver (1982)

    1981-1990Atef El-TaiebDramaEgypt

    Arguably the best film of the Egyptian neorealist school of the eighties, exemplified by Daoud Abd El-Sayed, Khairy Bishara, and Mohamed Khan. depicting the devastating effects of global trade on the simple lives on the inhabitants.
    Directed by Atef El-Tayeb, one of the boldest names in Egyptian cinema, who died prematurely and worked on the issues concerning the poor and the voiceless throughout his short but important career.Read More »

  • Mohamed Khan – Maowid ala ashaa AKA A Dinner Date (1981)

    1981-1990DramaEgyptMohamed KhanRomance

    Maowid ala Ashaa is a 1981 Egyptian romance film, starring Soad Hosni and Ahmed Zaki.

    This movie revolves around the story of an innocent girl (Nawal) who was married to a rich and possessive man who still wants her back after their divorce; however she meets a hair stylist (Shoukry) and falls in love with him. They get married but her first husband starts torturing Shoukry so he can leave Nawal but he refuses. Eventually, acts of revenge begins from both Nawal and her ex-husband.Read More »

  • Chadi Abdel Salam – El-Fallâh el-fasîh AKA The Eloquent Peasant (1970)

    1961-1970Chadi Abdel SalamEgyptShort Film

    Based on one of the major literary texts survived from the Middle Kingdom, the classical period of Egyptian literature, The Eloquent Peasant is a combination of a morality/folk tale and a poem. The events are set between 2160 and 2025 BC. When the peasant Khun-anup and his donkey stumble upon the lands of the noble Rensi, the peasant’s goods are confiscated and he’s unjustly accused of theft. The peasant petitions Rensi who is so taken by the peasant’s eloquence that he report his astonishing discovery to the king. The king realizes the peasant has been wronged but delays judgment so as to he can hear more of his eloquence. The peasant makes a total of nine petitions until finally, his goods are returned.Read More »

  • Mohamed Khan – Awdat mowatin AKA Return of a Citizen (1986)

    1981-1990DramaEgyptMohamed Khan

    Return of a Citizen (Arabic: عودة مواطن‎, translit. Awdat mowatin) is a 1986 Egyptian drama film directed by Mohamed Khan. It was screened out of competition at the 1987 Cannes Film Festival.(wikipedia)

    Chaker returns to Cairo from the Gulf a comfortably wealthy man, but there is no-one to meet him at the airport. at home he finds that all his family still live under one roof. His family start to fall apart around him, and he must decide whether to stay or leave.(BFI)Read More »

  • Radwan El-Kashef – Arak el-balah AKA Date Wine (1998)

    1991-2000DramaEgyptRadwan El-Kashef

    This Egyptian feature film has strong elements of both folktale and comedy, although its subject matter and final scenes are anything but funny. Set in southern Egypt, the film tells the story of a group of people who are led into the desert by a strong-minded man who wants them to live far from the greed and corruption of civilized society. Years later, when the leader has become old and weak, a mysterious visitor coaxes the men of the village away to work in the north where they can make a lot of money. Only the leader and his adolescent grandson Ahmed – who has no desire for wealth – are left in the village with the women and children.Read More »

  • Salah Abouseif – Bidaya Wa Nehaya AKA A Beginning and an End (1960)

    1951-1960ArthouseDramaEgyptSalah Abouseif

    Bidaya wa Nihaya (Arabic: بداية و نهاية‎, English: A Beginning and an End) is a 1960 Egyptian film directed by Salah Abouseif and based on the novel by the same name. It was the first film adapted from a novel written by Nobel Prize winner Naguib Mahfouz.Read More »

  • Mohamed Diab – 678 aka Cairo 678 (2010)

    DramaEgyptMohamed Diab

    Unfolds the poignant story of three women and their search for justice from the daily plight of sexual harassment in Egypt.Read More »

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