Cairo film retrospective celebrates Egypt’s Ihsan Abdel Quddous

Updated 26 October 2019

Cairo film retrospective celebrates Egypt’s Ihsan Abdel Quddous

CAIRO: A film retrospective celebrating the centennial of the late Egyptian writer Ihsan Abdel Quddous is currently running at Cairo’s art-house cinema Zawya. The retrospective opened Oct. 18 with a screening of 1972’s “Empire of M” and features 14 of the 49 films written by Quddous, or adapted from his literary works. It runs until Nov. 1.

According to the organizer’s notes, Quddous “played an integral role in shaping the Egyptian cinematic and literary memory. It proved a challenge to program a retrospective that would encompass and rightfully represent his wide body of work.”




Ihsan Abdel Quddous. (Courtesy: The Abdel Quddous family)

Highlights include “I Am Free” (1959), “Don’t Put Out the Sun” (1961), “The Black Sunglasses” (1963), “The Thin Thread”(1971), “The Dancer and the Politician” (1990), and “The Dancer and the Drummer” (1984). The latter will be screened in the presence of Egyptian actress Nabila Ebeid, who starred in several films written by Quddous.




A film poster for ‘The Empty Pillow.’ (Courtesy: The Abdel Quddous family)

The aim of the retrospective was to curate a program that “depicts the variety characterizing the adaptations of Abdel Quddous’ work, spanning different stages and time periods,” said Nawara Shoukry, head of cinema at Zawya. “We created a wish list, then approached distributors and copyright owners.”

Shoukry added that the Abdel Quddous family provided original film posters, on show at the cinema in parallel to the screenings.




A film poster for ‘The Black Sunglasses.’ (Courtesy: The Abdel Quddous family)

Abdel Quddous’ grandson, journalist Sharif Abdel Kouddous, spoke at the event on opening night. “Unfortunately, he died when I was still in school, before I developed my own ideas and views in politics and in life, and before I became a journalist,” he said, praising his grandfather’s “prolific writings” and “the extent of their impact on Egyptian and Arab society.”   

“I always imagine how much I would have learnt from him and benefitted from talking to him and from his experience,” he said. “His journalism was always independent and against the regime. This freedom has had a direct influence on me.”


From Bryan Adams to Dimitri Vegas, Saudi international unveils stellar lineup of performers

Bryan Adams will entertain the audience on Jan. 31. (File/AFP)
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From Bryan Adams to Dimitri Vegas, Saudi international unveils stellar lineup of performers

DUBAI: Canadian singer-songwriter Bryan Adams, Belgian born DJ duo Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike and Grammy Award–winning DJ Zedd are all set to perform at the Saudi International golf tournament in King Abdullah Economic City.

DJ duo Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike will take to the stage at the KAEC Outdoor venue in King Abdullah Economic City, bringing a catalogue of their hits including “Higher Place,” “Tremor” and “Mammoth.”

Meanwhile, Bryan Adams will entertain the audience on Jan. 31 as he takes fans on a journey through his biggest hits, including “Run to You,” “Summer of 69” and “I Do It For You.”

Record producer Zedd will join the stellar line up to play some of his biggest hits including “Clarity”, “I Want You To Know” and “Stay The Night” while everybody’s favorite flamenco band, the Gipsy Kings, will be the first on stage to perform some of their most iconic hits, including “Bamboleo” and Volare.

Completing the lineup is Puerto Rican music sensation Luis Fonsi, who will make his Saudi debut to perform his infections reggaeton hits including the global hit “Despasito,” which is the most-watched YouTube video of all time.