Legendary Egyptian screenwriter Abdel Hay Adeeb died June 11 in Switzerland following a long illness. He was 82. Adeeb was one of the pioneers in the heyday of Egyptian cinema throughout the 1950s and 1960s, penning a total of 122 screenplays throughout his career.
Among his landmark works were the screenplay for Youssef Chahine’s 1958 “Cairo Station,” generally considered one of the greatest Arab films of all time. The prolific writer also collaborated with Omar Sharif on the thesp’s 1965 drama “Al Marmalik,” and most recently controversial femme helmer Ines Al Degheidy’s 2001 “Mothakerat Morahkah,” which proved a sensation on its release in Egypt with its portrayal of a teenage girl’s sexual curiosity.
Adeeb’s sons Emad and Adel have both followed their father into the film biz, setting up Good News Group, the shingle behind last year’s blockbuster “The Yacoubian Building.”
Adeeb was honoured by a host of Arab film fests during his career, including Cairo, Damascus and Alexandria film fests.