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Original title
Al Massir
Running time
138 min.
Egypt Egypt
Youssef Chahine, Khaled Youssef
Kamal El-Tawil, Yohia El-Mougy
Mohsen Nasr
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Co-production Egypt-France; France 2 Cinema / MISR International Films / Ognon Pictures
Drama. Musical | 12th Century. Religion
Synopsis / Plot
The story is set in the 12th century in Arab-ruled Spanish province Andalusia, where famed philosopher Averroes (ebn roshd) is appointed grand judge by the caliph and his liberal court judgments are not liked by everyone. The caliph's political rivals, centered around the leader of a fanatical Islamic sect, force the caliph to send Averroes into exile, but his ideas keep on living thanks to his students. The film gathers so many aspects, and Chahine relates them to todays world. An incredible, well crafted film. DESTINY a deeply felt, exuberant historical fresco with profound implications for today--and spiced it all with a few rousing musical numbers.
1997: Cannes: Award from cincuentenario: for el conjunto of su obra
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