Cinema Luxor in Paris renames main hall after Youssef Chahine

The Louxor Cinema Theatre at the Palais du Cinéma in Paris renames its main hall after late Egyptian filmmaker Youssef Chahine (1926-2008),

Chahine, it added, "is one of the most prominent film directors in Egypt and has won several international awards. Several streets in several cities around the world are named after him."

The Youssef Chahine Cinema Hall, formerly known as Louxor, was recently refurbished with ancient Egyptian decor. It opened  on April 17, with a screening of Chahine's 1997 film Al-Maseer ('The Destiny') about celebrated Arab philosopher Ibn Rush (Averroes).

Chahine's total filmography exceeds 37 films and has won a number of international awards, ending with the Golden Jubilee Award at Cannes International Film Festival in 1997 for his lifetime contribution to cinema. In 2006, France granted Chahine the rank of "officer" in its Committee of Honour.

source: Al Ahram Online