Silence We’re Rolling / Soukout Ha Nesawar

  • Release Date: 2001
  • Type: Feature Film
  • Run time: 107 Minutes
  • Directed by: Youssef Chahine
  • Produced by: Misr International Films, Marianne Khoury, Humbert Balsan, Egyptian French Co Production
  • Screenplay: Thomas Breyzar, Ahmed Gaber
  • Cast: Latifa, Ahmed Bedeir, Ahmed Wafik, Magda Al Khateeb, Zaki Fateen, Ahmed Mihriz, Ruby, Mostafa Shaaban
  • Cinematographer: Iyardobuwee
  • Art direction: Hamed Hemdan
  • Editing: Rashida Abdel Salam
  • Costume design: Nahed Nasrallah
  • Music: Omar Khayrat
  • Sound: Jerome Iyas
  • Subtitles: English, French
  • Scenario: Youssef Chahine

The film is structured as a film within a film where a filmmaker is working on a movie featuring his family and friends. The filmmaking process is itself punctuated by deliberations and discussions among the actors about their roles, the films goal, plot and development. The story involves a pre – 1952 revolution bourgeois family consisting of a wealthy grandmother, her movie star daughter Malak and granddaughter Paul. Malak is in a loveless marriage with a lawyer distracted by his work, making money, and having an affair with another woman. Set in Westernized cosmopolitan Alexandria, this film has a light tone and happy ending in the comedy of errors and tradition. When Malak’s husband runs off with her best friend, she is pursued by the would – be star Lamei, a gold digging con artist who is only interested in Malak for her connections and her family’s money. From the outset, the politically and socially progressive grandmother warns her daughter to beware of falling for the schemes of the young opportunist.

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