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A Feature film by Youssef Chahine

Produced by Ognon Pictures

Release in France : 15/10/1997


    The great philosopher Averroes laid down the precepts which paved the way, not only for the age of enlightenment in Europe, but for all human thought to the present day. Wishing to appease the fundamentalists, the Caliph Mansur ordered all Averroes' works to be burnt. His friends and disciples decided to make copies and smuggle them abroad. Resisting pressure from fundamentalists of every persuasion, human knowledge will always find a way forward, towards the Other, towards Progress.

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    Executive Producer :

    Ognon Pictures

    Foreign production company :

    Misr International Films

    French distribution :

    Pyramide Distribution

    Co-production :

    France 2 Cinéma

    Film exports/foreign sales :

    Pyramide International

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    "It was through Maroun Bagdadi whose "L'homme voilé" he had produced that Humbert Balsan met Youssef Chahine. Chahine was desperately seeking a French co-producer for "Adieu Bonaparte". "We immediately found a complementary way of working; I brought the financial backing for his films and increased his scope of distribution, while respecting his independence". Balsan admits that Chahine gave him a lot, even in his work as a producer. "Chahine has a team which respects him, they really give their utmost. There's an amazing conviviality in the work. By his side I learnt to approach production from another viewpoint." From their collaboration were born : "Le Sixième jour", "Alexandrie encore et toujours", "The Emigré" and "Destiny"." (Marie-Claude Arbaudie - Le Film Français)

    Full credits (9)

    Executive Producers :

    Humbert Balsan, Gabriel Khoury

    Director of Photography :

    Mohsen Nasr

    Production Manager :

    Hicham Soliman

    Editor :

    Rashida Abdel Salam

    Costume designer :

    Nahed Nasrallah

    Screenwriter :

    Youssef Chahine

    Sound Recordist :

    Gasser Khorched

    Press Attaché (film) :

    Dominique Segall

    Music Composers :

    Kamal El Tawil, Yohia El Mougy

    Technical details

    Feature film

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    Coproducer countries :

    Egypt, France

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    Nationality :

    50% French (Egypt, France)

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    Runtime :

    2 h 15 min

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    Dolby A

    Posters (1)


    Festival Selections (3)

    Montreal World Film Festival - 1997

    Montreal World Film Festival (Canada, 1997)


    Out of Competition

    Locarno Film Festival - 1997

    Locarno Film Festival (Switzerland, 1997)


    Out of Competition

    Cannes International Film Festival - 1997

    Cannes International Film Festival (France, 1997)

    Selection (2)

    Official Competition - Feature Films

    Out of Competition