Detroit Film Theatre

Cinetopia Film Festival: THE NIGHT OF COUNTING THE YEARS (Al Momia)

Saturday, June 10, 2017

3:00 PM Detroit Film Theatre

(Egypt/1969--directed by Shadi Abdel Salam)

“Al Momia (The Mummy), rightfully acknowledged as one of the greatest Egyptian films ever made, is based on an incident from 1881, when it was discovered that a tribe had been secretly raiding the tombs of the Pharaohs in Thebes. An astonishing piece of cinema, the picture was extremely difficult to see from the ‘70s onward. Al Momia [released in the U.S. as The Night of Counting the Years] has an extremely unusual tone – stately, poetic, with a powerful grasp of time and the sadness it carries. The carefully measured pace, the almost ceremonial movement of the camera, the classical Arabic spoken on the soundtrack, the unsettling score by the great Italian composer Mario Nascimbene – they all work in perfect harmony... This picture has a sense of history like no other, and in the end, the film is strangely, even hauntingly consoling – the final understanding of who and what we are. I am very excited that Shadi Abdel Salam’s masterpiece has been restored to its original splendor.” (103 min.) -Martin Scorsese

Festival passes are now on sale. Individual tickets will be available May 9 at the festival website.
Cineteca di Bologna, one of Europe’s most renowned archives for film restoration and preservation, organizes the world-renowned festival Il Cinema Ritrovato every summer, where thousands view classic films at outdoor screenings in Bologna's Piazza Maggiore. A special touring program of rare, previously endangered, newly-restored classic films will be presented during this year’s Cinetopia Festival, from June 8th through June 11th, exclusively at the DIA’s Detroit Film Theatre. This series is curated by Guy Borlée of Cineteca di Bologna and Elliot Wilhelm of the Detroit Film Theatre, in collaboration with The Italian Consulate in Detroit .