Archive of films The Return of the Prodigal Son / Awdat al-ibn al dal

Egypt / Algeria
1976, 124 min

Section: Tribute to Youssef Chahine
Year: 2019

Chahine’s most allegorical film, featuring the bloodiest of all his endings. This bold family saga, Chahine’s first great political picture, concerns a family waiting for the return of the long-absent younger brother to save them from the tyranny of their elder sibling. It is also a work of great physicality that shows the human body in an imposing fashion previously unseen and unexplored in Egyptian cinema.


Synopsis

Chahine’s most allegorical film, featuring the bloodiest of all his endings. The story of a family waiting for the return of the long-absent younger brother to save them from the tyranny of their elder sibling, this bold family saga is Chahine’s first great political work: a symbolic story reflecting the divisions in the Arab World and its collective failure. Abounding in stunning landscape cinematography and employing radically uncommon music, The Return of the Prodigal Son is also a work of great physicality that shows the human body in an imposing fashion previously unseen and unexplored in Egyptian cinema.

Joseph Fahim

Contacts

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About the film

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Section: Tribute to Youssef Chahine
   
Director: Youssef Chahine
Screenplay: Youssef Chahine, Salah Jaheen, Farouk Baloufa podle stejnojmenného románu / based on the novel of the same name by André Gide
Dir. of Photography: Abdel Aziz Fahmy
Music: Abou Zeid Hassan
Editor: Rashida Abdel Salam
Art Director: Magdi Nashed, Mohamed Nady, Mohamed Bou Gemaa
Producer: Youssef Chahine
Production: Misr International Films, Oncic
Coproduction: OCNIC
Cast: Mahmoud El Meligy, Soheir El Morshedy, Shoukry Sarhan, Hoda Sultan, Raga Hussein
Sales: Misr International Films

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Marianne Khoury

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