Egypt’s most famous film-maker, Youssef Chahine, has died at the age of 82. Born in Alexandria in January 1926, Chahine made his movie debut with ‘Baba Amin’ in 1950. He then launched the career of Omar Sharif, with 1954’s ‘The Blazing Sun’.
He won a lifetime achievement award at the Cannes Film Festival in 1997, but suffered a brain haemorrhage last month. He died this morning in hospital in Paris.