Egyptian actor Ezzat el Alaili will be honored at the 35th edition of the Sharjah International Book Fair (SIBF) taking place on November 2, 2016.
The 82-year-old actor will be honored for his "significant contribution to Egyptian cinema over many decades and his highly creative interpretations of the best Egyptian and Arabic novels through a huge collection of films and TV series," according to Gulf Today.
Alaili was not only chosen for his major contribution to the big and small screens, but for being a living witness to "the cultural and intellectual transformations in the Arab World" through the many unique Arabic characters he played throughout history's crucial transitions, from the 1950s to this day.
Some of Alaili’s greatest screen contributions have included roles based on novels by renowned Arab authors in the 20th century. He performed the character of Abd Al-Hadi in one of Egyptian cinema's most important films entitled Al Ard (The Land), which was based on a novel by Egyptian author Abd Al-Rahman Al-Sharqawi.
One of Alaili's other key roles was in Al Ikhtiar (The Choice), which was based on a novel by Naguib Mahfouz, winner of the 1988 Nobel Prize for Literature.
The veteran actor also played a leading role in Al Saqa Mat (The Water Carrier is Dead), based on a novel of the same title.
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