Do we ever truly know ourselves?

A masterpiece of Arab cinema by legendary Egyptian filmmaker Youssef Chahine, “The Choice” is revered for its profound ability to distill the political through the personal.

Co-scripted by Nobel Laureate in Literature, author Naguib Mahfouz, this murder mystery is a deep dive into the human psyche, exploring the social conscience of Egypt in light of the Six-Day War. A body turns up with a photograph in its pocket. The corpse is the twin brother of the famous author and social climber Sayed (Izzat Al-Alayli).

From that moment on, the writer’s life takes a drastically different course; with everything that was once important on hold and his mind possessed with the need to find his brother’s killer.

The Red Sea Film Foundation has restored the picture to its former glory. It is proudly presented for the first time during the inaugural Festival.