From world-renowned Egyptian filmmaker Youssef Chahine (Destiny, Alexandria…Why?), The Other is a delirious love story between Adam (Hani Salama), the son of a corrupt, domineering female industrialist, and Hanane, a beautiful but impoverished newspaper reporter.
Unfortunately, Adam’s mother Margaret (Nabila Ebeid) is possessive to the point of violence and will stop at nothing to get rid of Hanane. In her efforts to control her son, Margaret bribes her daughter-in-law’s brother, a fanatical thug who belongs to a fundamentalist terrorist cult, to lure Hanane into a deadly trap.
Among the passionate embraces, extravagant musical numbers and a stirring version of a harmonious, multi-cultural Middle East, Chahine unravels the connections among naked greed, corrupt power, Western “globalization,” and religious fanaticism.
Youssef Chahine (born in Alexandria, Egypt, 1926) started studying in a friars’ school, and then turned to English College until the High School Certificate. After one year in the University of Alexandria, he moved to the U.S. and spent two years at the Pasadena Play House, taking courses on film and dramatic arts. After coming back to Egypt, cinematographer Alevise Orfanelli helped him into the film business. His film debut was Baba Amin (1950): one year later, with Ibn el Nil (1951) he was first invited to the Cannes Film festival. In 1970, he was awarded a Golden Tanit at the Carthage Festival. With Le moineau (1973), he directed the first Egypt-Algeria co-production. He won a Silver Bear in Berlin for Iskanderija… lih? (1978), the first installment in what proved to be an autobiographic trilogy, completed with adduta misrija (1982) and Iskanderija, kaman oue kaman (1990).
In 1992, Jacques Lassalle proposed him to stage a piece of his choice for Comédie Française… read more