El Ikhetiyar / The Choice

  • Release Date: 1970
  • Type: Feature Film
  • Run time: 110 Minutes
  • Directed by: Youssef Chahine
  • Produced by: Al Mouasasa Al Misriya Lel Cinema
  • Screenplay: Mostafa Imam
  • Cast: Soad Housn , Ezzat Al Alayli , Youssef Wahbi , Hoda Sultan , Mahmoud El Meligy , Mimi Shkeeb , Ali Al Sharif , Madiha Kamel , Abdel Rahman Abou Zahra , Saad Ardash
  • Cinematographer: Ahmed Khorshed
  • Art direction: Salah Gaber
  • Editing: Rashida Abdel Salam
  • Costume design: Samira Awad
  • Music: Ali Ismail
  • Sound: Nasri Abdel Nour , Hassan Al Touni
  • Subtitles: N/A
  • Scenario: Youssef Chahine

When Mahmoud, a worker on Alexandria’s waterfront is found murdered, his twin brother Sayyid – a well respected and well-connected writer becomes the prime suspect. As the investigators begin to work on the case they come to suspect an intimate relationship between Mahmoud and Sharifa, his brother’s wife. They also begin to discover a troubling correlation between the stories told in Sayyid’s novels and Mahmoud’s uninhibited lifestyle. But when Mahmoud turns up alive, a schizophrenic union between the two brothers seems likely.