Carte Blanche: Bicycle Thief | Film screening + Discussion with film critic Mahmoud Abdel-Shakour

"Carte Blanche" was first introduced in the 7th Panorama of the European Film with the aim of presenting three Egyptian prominent names from the film scene

This year, Writer and film critic Mahmoud Abd El-Shakour selected Vittorio De Sica’s “The Bicycle Thief/ LADRI DI BICCICLETTE ”

The screening of the film at Zawya will be followed by a Q&A session with Mahmoud Abd El-Shakour


Country: Italy
Year: 1948
Director: Vittorio De Sica
Starring: Lamberto Maggiorani, Enzo Staiola, Lianella Carell
Genre: Drama
Running Time: 89 MIN
Language: Italian, English
Subtitles: English

In post-war Italy, a working-class man's bicycle is stolen. He and his son set out to find it.

Special Jury Prize - Locarno IFF 1949 Honorary Award - Academy Awards 1949-1950 Best Foreign Film - Golden Globes 1950
About Mahmoud Abd El-Shakour: Managing editor of October magazine, is a writer and film critic. Born in 1965, he graduated from the Department of Journalism at the Faculty of Mass Communication in 1987. His articles have been published in many newspapers and magazines, both Egyptian and Arab publications like the Parisian Le Septième Jour which was issued in the late eighties, Rose ElYoussef daily paper, Rose ElYoussef magazine, Al-Tahrir newspaper, The New Cinema magazine, Al-Helal magazine. He was also published online on AlQabs, the online Kuwaiti daily newspaper, Eye on Cinema website and Kitaba online portal.

He was part of the film-viewing committees of the Cairo International Film Festival and Ismailia Documentary Film Festival. He was a member of the Cinema Committee at the High Council for Culture and is also a member of the selection committee responsible for recommending Egyptian films to the Oscars. He is a member of the Journalists Syndicate and a member of the Egyptian Film Critics Association – EFCA. He has several film and literary publications like Youssef Sherif Rizk Allah: Lover of Specters, Cinemania, Unforgettable Faces, The Masks of Narration, I Was A Boy in the Seventies: A Cultural and Social Autobiography, The Cinema of Muhammad Khan: Searching for the Knight, The Memory of Shadows and Mirrors: Studies on the Works on Mohammad Nagy, Ali Abu Shadi: In the Space of Cinema and Culture and How to Watch a Film
Venue: ZAWYA 1
Time: Sun. 10 November 04:00 PM