Saturday, November 10, 2012

Khan al-Khalili (1963)

Khan al-Khalili (1963) - (Samira Ahmed) Egyptian one-sheet

Plot Summary: The Akef family moved to Khan al-Khalili. They were the parents, the big brother Ahmed Akef who was over 40 and the little brother Rushdy was was completing his studies. A variety of personality types lived in Khan al-Khalili such as the teacher Nunu who lived his life with no tomorrow and ran sentences together when he spoke. In the midst of the air raids during World War II the people in the neighborhood took refuge in the air raid shelter. Ahmed loved his good-looking neighbor Nawal and tried to get close to her. His mother talked about his feelings for her. He felt he had hopes. When Nawal fell in love with Rushdy, met him and went for a walk with him Rushdy went through a crisis within and came down with tuberculosis. He thought of Ahmad and the sacrifice of his love for Nawal. Ahmad began to get involved with the Khan al-Khalil society and had an encounter with the teacher Nunu's nihilism. Rushdy's illness worsened and he died. Nawal was strickenby Rushdy's death and the family decided to move from Khan al-Khalili to another area.

This film is on film critic Ahmad Al-Hadari's 2007 list of the 100 most important Egyptian films, and film critic Sa'ad al-Din Tawfiq also includes it on his list of the Egyptian top 100; it is based on a novel by Naguib Mahfouz.

Cast and crew: Naguib Mahfouz, Atef Salem, Samira Ahmed, Imad Hamdi, Hassan Youssef, Taheya Cariocca, Abdel Waress Assar, Mohamed Reda, George Sidhum, Tewfik El Dekn, Amal Zayed, Abdel Khalek Saleh, Abdel Aziz Fahmy, Mustafa Samy

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