Fiche Film
LONG Métrage | 1997
Destin (Le) | Al Massir
Titre original : Kader [Turquie] | Al Maseer | El Maseer | المصير
Date de sortie en France : 01/10/1997
Pays concerné : Égypte
Support : 35 mm
Durée : 135 minutes
Genre : historique
Type : fiction


Désirant amadouer les intégristes, le calife El Mansour ordonne l’autodafé de toutes les oeuvres du philosophe andalou Averroès dont les concepts influenceront non seulement l’age des Lumières en Occident, mais toute la pensée humaine. Les disciples d’Averroès et ses proches décident d’en faire des copies et de les passer à travers les frontières. Un film contre le fanatisme d’hier et d’aujourd’hui.

Un film de Youssef Chahine

Egypte/France, 1997, Fiction, 35mm

Interprètes : Nour EL-SHERIF (ou Nour El Cherif), Laïla ELOUI, Mahmoud HEMIDA (ou Mahmoud Hemeida), Safia EL EMARI (ou Safia El Emary), Mohamed MOUNIR, Khaled EL NABAOUI, Seif EL DINE, Abdalla MAHMOUD, Ahmed FOUAD.

Averroës_le Destin par Abal_hassan

Durée : 2h15′

Genre : fiction

Thèmes : philosophie, intégrisme

Année : 1997

Pays : Egypte, France

Image : Mohsen Nasr
Montage : Rashida Abdel Salam
Musique : Yehia El Mougy, Kamal El Taweel
Producteurs : Gabriel Khoury, Marianne Khoury, Humbert Balsan

Production: Misr international films, Ognon Pictures
Coproductions : France 2 Cinéma, Canal Plus+
avec le soutien du Fonds Francophone (OIF, Paris)

Date de sortie nationale : 15/10/1997
Distributeur France : Pyramide Distribution
Cumul entrées France : 589414


The story is set in the 12th century in Arab-ruled Spanish province Andalusia, where famed philosopher Averroes (Ebn Roshd) is appointed grand judge by the caliph and his liberal court judgments are not liked by everyone. The caliph’s political rivals, centered around the leader of a fanatical Islamic sect, force the caliph to send Averroes into exile, but his ideas keep on living thanks to his students. The film gathers so many aspects, and Chahine relates them to todays world. An incredible, well crafted film. Destiny a deeply felt, exuberant historical fresco with profound implications for today-and spiced it all with a few rousing musical numbers.

Original Title: Al Massir

1997, Egypt, 135 min., directed by Youssef Chahine
In Arabic with English subtitles.

Director: Youssef Chahine
Screenplay: Youssef Chahine, Khaled Youssef

Nour El-Sherif, Laila Eloui, Hany Salama, Khaled El Nabaoui, Mohamed Mounir, Safia El Emari, Mahmoud Hemida, Ahmed Fouad Selim, Seif El Dine

Country: Egypt, France
Year: 1997
Duration: 135′
Production: Misr international films, Canal Plus+
Producer: Gabriel Khoury, Marianne Khoury, Humbert Balsan
Photography: Mohsen Nasr
Editing: Rashida Abdel Salam
Music: Yehia El Mougy, Kamal El Taweel

A prizewinner at Cannes, Destiny is another powerful, deeply humanistic, vibrant piece of art from Chahine.

Alarmed by the rise of religious fundamentalism in Egypt in the 1990s, Chahine created an historical epic centered on the philosopher Ibn Rashd (known in the West as Averroës) and set in medieval Córdoba, Spain where-under Arab rule-a secular and multicultural society flourished. To make his point, Chahine concocts the story of a young Arab man lured away from his « decadent » lifestyle and indoctrinated into a fundamentalist sect. Though the film operates as a sincere and moving plea for tolerance and a timely warning against violent religious extremism, Chahine also provides plenty of spectacle, including a steamy romance and lots of song and dance.

Cannes 1997- Grand Prize of the Jury of the 50th anniversary
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