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Baheb El Cima (I Love Cinema)
Cairo, 1966, and seven year-old Naeem lives for the Cinema, dreaming of becoming a director. Naee,'s strict, traditional Christian father, Adly, regards the silver screen as sinful-although his mother, who once abandoned a career in art, stands up for her son. Narrated by the 40-year-old Naeem. Oussama Fawzi's compelling, atmospheric film looks back on childhood in Cairo's Shubra district, and how a boy managed to create his own breathing space amid a stifling family environment. Baheb el Cima was released in Egypt on a wave of controversy, its view of Christianity prompting a lawsuit from Coptic clerics. But film-goers judged the picture on its artistic merits, and packed into the cinemas, making the film an overnight popular success, Fawzi, meanwhile, has maintained that his compelling picture merely seeks to criticize all forms of oppression.
2004 / Arabic dialogue with English subtitles / Colour / 125 mins
Programme: Arabian Nights
Premiere: GCC Premiere
Director: Ossama Fawzi
Producer: Hany Girgis
Scriptwriter: Hani Fawzi
DOP: Tarek El Telmisany
Editor: Khaled Marey
Cast: Aida Abdel Aziz, Laila Eloui, Mahmoud Hemida, Menna Shalaby, Youssef Osman
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