The only feature film of Egyptian director, Chadi Abdel Salam, The Night of Counting the Years is based upon the true story of an Upper-Egyptian clan that robbed a cache of mummies. Visually ravishing, yet austere and poetic, The Night of Counting the Years shows influences from the later work of one of Salam’s mentors and financiers on this project, Roberto Rossellini.

Five years ago, 475 critics, writers, novelists and academics chose The Night of Counting the Years as the greatest Arab film ever made. After initial festival screenings, it all but disappeared with only poor 16mm prints in circulation until its 2009 restoration by the World Cinema Foundation and Bologna’s Cinema Ritrovato.

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