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Legendary Egyptian Director Youssef Chahine to Be Honoured by One of Europe’s Oldest Film Festivals

The Czech Republic's Karlovy Vary International Film Festival will pay tribute to a giant of filmmaking.

Chahine honored in Karlovy Vary International Festival

For its 54th edition between 28 of June until 9th of July, the Czech Karlovy Vary International Film Festival will honour Egyptian film director Youssef Chahine, with a retrospective of 11 restored films. The festival will encompass his early lesser-known works as well as internationally recognised classics.

Considered one of the most influential filmmakers in Egypt and the Middle East, Chahine won the Silver Bear at Berlin for Alexandria Why? in 1978, and five of his films were entered into competition at Cannes. In 1997, Chahine was presented with the festival’s 50th Anniversary Prize for lifetime achievement.

The festival will also screen digital remastered versions of local classics, commemorating the 30th anniversary of the Velvet Revolution (the peaceful transition of power from the Czech communist party to a democracy in 1989) with seven films shot between 1989 and 1992.

The annual Karlovy International Vary Festival is one of the oldest film festivals in the world and is considered one of the biggest on the central and eastern European film circuits.