Social networking sites in Egypt are witnessing a wide interaction with director Daoud Abdel Sayed announcing his retirement after a long journey with cinema for nearly fifty years, during which he won many awards.
El-Sayed is one of the most famous directors in Egypt, who presented films that left their mark in the seventh art, most notably the movie Kit Kat with the late Mahmoud Abdel Aziz in 1991, with whom he presented before that the movie Tramps in 1985 and the late star Nour Sharif also participated in them.
Al-Sayed presented with the late artist Ahmed Zaki the movie Land of Fear in 2000, as well as famous films such as Citizen, Informer and Thief, and the movie Land of Dreams and the Search for Sayed Marzouk.
#Daoud_Abdul_Sayed The great Egyptian director shocked his fans and those interested in cinematic affairs during the past hours, after he announced his retirement from directing after a long career that spanned more than 54 years. pic.twitter.com/7xfz5CU56s
– Sabah Rajeh (@sabahrajeh) January 3, 2022
Al-Sayed appeared in a televised interview on one of the Egyptian programs with the media, Qaswa Al-Khalayli, and announced during his dialogue with her his retirement from film work, criticizing current films and the change in public taste, describing the works that Egyptian cinema is witnessing as works that copy American commercial experiences.
retirement #Daoud_Abdul Sayed A very painful thing for anyone who loves cinema and knows its value! Unfortunately, the artistic and general atmosphere is not for artists with great minds, philosophy and talent like Daoud Abdel Sayed.
– Sally Nabil (@sallynabil) January 2, 2022
Daoud Abdel Sayed, born in 1946, was assistant director Youssef Chahine in his historical film “The Land,” which was produced in 1970.
El-Sayed’s appearance came after years of absence, as he revealed that he suffers from producers’ reluctance to work, and said: Most of the current funding is in the category of entertainment films, while films that present big ideas for discussion are absent.
The news of the great director Daoud Abdel Sayed’s retirement should not go unnoticed and should be a real start to analyze the situation that has led to the situation in the Egyptian cinema production scenes. Egyptian cinema will lose a conscious director with a point of view pic.twitter.com/bCeqYTG0sa
— Hany Shenouda according to latitude and longitude – Hany Shenouda (@ShenoudaMusic) January 3, 2022
A march of awards
During his long career, Al-Sayed won several important awards, such as the Silver Production Award from the National Film Festival for his film The Thief of Joy, which also won the Bronze Award from the Damascus International Festival, and the Audience Award from the Sorrento Festival, Italy, in 1995.
As for his film Kit Kat, he won the Excellence Award in Screenplay at the National Festival, the Golden Award from the Damascus International Festival, and the Screenplay Award from the Alexandria and Mediterranean Festival.
Al-Sayed won the Silver Pyramid Award from the Cairo International Film Festival for his film The Land of Fear, and the Screenplay Award from the First Bahrain Festival for the same film. The film also won the Best Director award from the Film Association Festival.
Daoud Abdel Sayed’s retirement is a great loss for Egyptian cinema and a great loss for cinema lovers who seriously have meanings, depth, story, message and true art.
– Omar Al-Barlusi (@OElborollosy11) January 2, 2022
The film “Searching for Sayed Marzouk” won the Silver Pyramid Award from the 15th Cairo International Film Festival, in 1991. His film Tramps won the First Work Award at the Aswan Academic Festival, in 1985. His film, Land of Dreams, won the second production award from the National Film Festival, 1993. Three films were selected for him in the list of the 100 most important Arab films issued by the Dubai International Film Festival in its tenth session in 2013: Kit Kat 1991, Land of Fear 1999, and Letters of the Sea 2010.
For his film Citizen, Detective and Thief, he won the Best Film Award and Best Direction from the National Film Festival, and the Best Film Award, Best Direction and Best Screenplay from the Film Association Festival, in 2001.
When Daoud Abdel Sayed and what do you know when Daoud Abdel Sayed retires from directing for good, know that beautiful cinema will disappear from our screens. There is a very big crisis in production that countries must find solutions to..solutions different from the current ones that made the giants of beautiful art at home
– the poet (lepoetepharaon) January 2, 2022
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