Alexandria Again and Forever / Iskendereya Kaman We Kaman

Director: Youssef Chahine
Release Date: 1989
Running Time: 105min
Language: Arabic
Subtitles: English

Screening Schedule: 7 December 2022, 8pm |11 December, 8pm |23 December, 8pm | 25 December 2022, 8pm

The third installment in Chahine’s quartet of autobiographical films finds the director’s work stalled by a strike. During the interruption in filming, Chahine reminisces about a past relationship with one of his actors while finding himself gradually drawn to an actress. The intimacy between director and performer is depicted symbolically, in a tender dance number clearly in homage to the Hollywood musical and set on a snow – covered street in Berlin during a film festival. A masterful amalgam of realism and fantasy, Alexandria Again and Forever is Chahine’s paean to the power of imagination and the artist (Harvard Film Archive).