15 June 2011

As part of the Liverpool Arabic Film Festival, we are excited to be screening three films by the late Egyptian director, Youssef Chahine. The Land, Cairo Station and Alexandria Why?, will all be shown on 35mm and the planning is getting underway now to ship the big reels over from Seattle which is very exciting!

The screenings will be a rare opportunity for UK audiences to see these films in their original intended format and as you can see from these stills, the imagery of the films really are beautiful. Chahine was known for being a renegade filmmaker ahead of his time who dealt with issues such as homosexuality and government corruption that were and still are rarely touched upon in Arab cinema.  These films mark a radical turn in Chahine’s career as well as the filmmaking in Arab world more generally. 

Cairo Station and Alexandria Why? will be accompanied by an introduction and discussion from Sight & Sound Magazine’s Web Editor, Nick Bradshaw and David Pendleton, Programmer of the prestigious Harvard University Film Archive respectively.

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The Liverpool Arabic Film Festival is in collaboration with the Liverpool Arabic Arts Festival and runs from 04 – 10 July at FACT.  It will present a broad programme of new film releases alongside re-mastered classics featuring hard-hitting drama, gripping documentary and lavish musical spectacle.

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Festival Passes and Screening tickets are now on sale. The Festival Pass is £50 or £45 for concessions and allows access to all eleven screenings.  Tickets single screenings are £6 or £5 for concessions.  Tickets can be bought via the FACT website, in person at the Box Office or by calling 0871 902 5737.

 

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