The film, adapted from Abdel Rahman al-Sharqawi's well-known novel of the same name, was eight years in the making. Chronicling a small peasant village's struggles against the careless inroads of the large local landowner, The Land shows why political oppression does not necessarily lead to a sense of solidarity among the disinherited.
This contemplative, epic film about feudalism in rural regions was voted the best Egyptian film ever made in a recent poll of Egyptian film critics.
Youssef Chahine | Egypt | 1969 | 2h10m | 35mm | Arabic with English subtitles |
Youssef CHAHINE - Director
Hassan FOUAD - Script and Dialogue
Abdel HALIM NASR - Cinematography
Aly ISMAIL - Music
Mahmoud el-Melingui, Nagwa Ibrahim, Ezzat el-Alayli, Hamdi Ahmed, Yehia Chahine, Tawfik el-Dekn, Ali el-Cherif, Abdel Rahman el-Khamissi
Sound Mix: Mono
1996 | Festival de Locarno (Suisse)
# Section: Rétrospective Youssef Chahine Longs métrages
1970 | Festival de Cannes (France)
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