Every Friday, ArabLit suggests a new classic film-book combination — for you to watch and read — until we run out of steam about 20 weeks in: This week, it's the 1965 film The Impossible, (al-Moustahil), directed by Hussein Kamal, based on Mostafa Mahmoud's 1960 novel of the same name. Mahmoud was a physician and a prolific author, having written eighty-some … Continue reading Friday Films: ‘The Impossible,’ Based on a Novel by Mostafa Mahmoud
Notably, this is the first of our Friday films based on a book written by a woman.
"Set in the 1930s, Sharqawi's novel was first published as al-Ard in 1954 - two years after the Egyptian revolution - and appeared in Desmond Stewart's excellent translation in 1962. It has also been translated into French, Russian and other languages...."
The film was nominated for the Prix International at the 1965 Cannes Film Festival.
"Salah Abu Seif's 1958 production Ana Hurra (I am Free) was definitely ahead of its time. But then again so was the Ihsan Abdel Quddous novel it was based on, published in 1952."
"This landmark work of Egyptian realism, the first of Abu Seif’s collaborations with Mahfouz, follows a widowed mother’s hellish struggle against poverty."
"'For Bread Alone' is based on the controversial, much-banned, landmark 1952 autobiographical novel by Moroccan writer Mohamed Choukri.
"[I]t was selected by Cannes Film Festival to be part of its official, out of competition selections[.]"
"I made so many sophisticated movies, but people can only remember Qandil Umm Hashem."
"The film was released the same year Kanafani was assassinated by a car bomb."
"How significant is a bunch of chitchat on the Nile?"
Each Friday, we look at an Arabic book-and-film combination where each is a strong artistic work in its own right. At the end of 20 Fridays, we'll have a list of 20 acclaimed films based on acclaimed Arabic novels: Yusuf al-Qa’id’s award-winning novel, War in the Land of Egypt -- chosen as one of the "top 105" … Continue reading Friday Film: ‘The Egyptian Citizen,’ Based on ‘War in the Land of Egypt’