Egyptian director Radwan al Kashef died Wednesday at the age of 50 as a result of a sudden heart attack six hours after his return from Holland where he participated with his latest film al Saher (The Magician) in Rotterdam International Film Festival.
The film al Ganobiyyah was the thesis for Kashef’s graduation after which he was licensed by the Egyptian Ministry of Culture in 1988. During the course of his career, the director made three narrative films only and secured more than 40 local and international prizes.
His films depicted the dreams of simple and poor people. Critics considered him as a real successor of the first director with realistic orientation, the late Salah Abu Seif, and late director Atef al Tayeb.
The first film for the late director Leh Ya Banafseg (Why Violet?) won the jury special prize at Cairo festival in 1992, the prize for best director at the Catholic Festival and the prize for best film at the Arab World Cinema Festival in Paris in 1993.
Kashef then directed his film Araq al Balah (Dates Araq) which won 27 prizes including the direction award at the National Egyptian Cinema Festival in 1999 and the prize for best film at Tatwan Festival for Mediterranean Films in 1999. This is in addition to Cartage Festival’s silver prize, and the French Nant Festival Jury’s prize. The film was scripted by Kashef who attempted through it to present a special cinematic vision about the society in Upper Egypt.
The Magician in which Mahmoud Abdel Aziz and Salwa Khattab played starring roles has been the last film directed by Kashef and which marked his production debut. The film secured many prizes one of which was at Damascus Film Festival.
Kashef was gearing up for his fourth film Okabal Endkom costarring Fifi Abdoh and Maged al Masri but his death came sudden even before beginning the film’s shooting -- Albawaba.com