Italy-Germany 1968 (35mm, 105', )
Abbas, a postman, is transferred to a remote Egyptian village. Such is his boredom, that he begins to read other people's mail. In this way, he finds out about the love story between Giamila and Khalil. Giamila is pregnant and her father wants to kill her. But the letter that Khalil mailed in an attempt to save his beloved is involuntarily destroyed by Abbas, who tries in vain to save the young woman.
"I loved this short story written by Yahia Haqqi and I decided to turn it into a film despite the fact that it takes place in a completely different setting from my first film, Al mustahil (The Impossible). But after making the film, I understood what it was that pushed me to make it: the subconscious attempt to free myself of the passion I felt towards Du'au al karawan (The Call of the Nightingale), which takes place in the same setting. I hate it when a love story is thwarted by old and pitiless popular traditions. I had the good fortune to work with a great director of photography and wonderful actors" (Husein Kamal).
Director: Husein Kamal.
Plot: Yahia Haqqi.
Screenplay: Sabri Musa, Dunia al Baba.
Dialogues: Sabri Musa.
Director of photography: Ahmad Khurshid.
Art director: Hilmi Azab.
Costume designer: Fawzia Hajjaj.
Editor: Rashida Abdu Al Salam.
Sound: Aziz Fadel.
Music: Ibrahim Hajjaj.
Cast and characters: Shukri Sarhan (Abbas), Zizi Mustafa (Giamila), Salah Manssur (Salama), Seif Abdu Al Rahman, Suhair Al Murshidi, Mushira, Abdu Al Ghani Qamar, Nahed Samir.
Production company and Italian distribution: Ente Generale del Cinema.
Husein Kamal (1932). Movie, theater, television and radio director, he graduated from the IDHEC in Paris in 1956. He worked as director's assistant for Yusuf Shahin on his two flms Inta habibi (You Are My Love) and Bab el hadid (Central Station). He has directed many short films for television.
(Updated to the last partecipation to TFF)
Al mustahil (L'impossibile, 1965), El bustagi (Il postino, 1968), Shai'un min al khawf (Un po' di paura, 1969), Abi fawqa al shgiara (Mio padre è sull'albero, 1969), Nahnu la nazra'u al shawk (Non piantiamo le spine, 1970), Tharthara fawqa al Nil (Chiaccherata sul Nilo, 1971), Imbirattoriyyat Mim (L'impero di Mim, 1972), Anf wa thalatht uiun (Un naso e tre occhi, 1972), Dami wa dumu'i wa ibtisamati (Il mio sangue, le mie lacrime e il mio sorriso, 1973), La shai'a yahum (Non importa niente, 1975), Al naddaha (Il richiamo della morte, 1975), Al hubb tahta al mattar (L'amore sotto la pioggia, 1975), Molid ya dunia (Festa nel mondo 1975), Ala waraqi al solifan (Su una carta di cellofan, 1975), Ihna bitu'e el otobis (Noi siamo quelli dell'autobus, 1976), Habibi daiman (Il mio amore per sempre, 1979), Al adra'u wa al sa'aru al abiyad (La vergine e i capelli bianchi, 1980), Argiuk a'attini hada al dawà (Ti prego dammi quella medicina, 1983), Aiyyam fi al halal (Giornate legittime, 1984), Qafassu al harim (La gabbia delle donne, 1986), Ah ya bald ah (Oh, gente, 1986), Kullu hada al hubb (Tutto questo amore, 1988), Harat Burgiuwan (Il quartiere di Burgiuwan, 1989), Al masattil (Gli ubriaconi, 1991), Nuru al uiun (Luce degli occhi, 1991), Diku el baraber (Lo spaccone, 1992), El wad Sayyid el shaghal (Il ragazzo Sayyid, uomo di fatica, 1993), Hazzimni ya (Fammi ballare, 1997).