Destiny (1997 film)

Destiny (Arabic: المصير‎, translit. al-Maṣīr; French: Le Destin) is a 1997 French-Egyptian historical drama film directed by Youssef Chahine. It was screened out of competition at the 1997 Cannes Film Festival.[1] The film was selected as the Egyptian entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 70th Academy Awards, but was not accepted as a nominee.[2][3]

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French theatrical release poster
Directed byYoussef Chahine
Written byYoussef Chahine
Khaled Youssef
Produced byHumbert Balsan
Gabriel Khoury
StarringNour El-Sherif
CinematographyMohsen Nasr
Edited byRashida Abdel Salam
Release date
  • 9 May 1997 (1997-05-09)
Running time
135 minutes
LanguagesEgyptian Arabic

The film is about Averroes, a 12th-century philosopher from Andalusia who would be known as the most important commentator on Aristotle.

The film is set in Cordoba and depicts the relationship between the Caliph and Averroes, who is one of his most trusted advisors. The religious fanatics gain more control and begin influencing the Caliph's decisions, leading to the persecution of the philosopher and to political unrest in Andalusia.


  • Nour El-Sherif as Averroes
  • Laila Eloui as Manuella
  • Mahmoud Hemida as Al Mansour, The Caliph
  • Safia El Emari as Averroes' Wife
  • Mohamed Mounir as Manwar
  • Khaled El Nabawy as Nasser, The Crown Prince
  • Seif El Dine as Abdullah The Caliph's Brother
  • Abdalla Mahmoud as Borhan
  • Ahmed Fouad Selim as Cheikh Riad
  • Magdi Idris as Emir of the Sect
  • Ahmed Moukhtar as Bard
  • Sherifa Maher as Manuella's Mother
  • Rayek Azzab as El Razi
  • Hassan El Adl as Gaafar
  • Hani Salama as Abdalla
  • Faris Rahoma as Youssef
  • Ingi Abaza as Sarah

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Festival de Cannes: Destiny". Retrieved 27 September 2009.
  2. ^ Margaret Herrick Library, Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences
  3. ^ "44 Countries Hoping for Oscar Nominations". Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. 24 November 1997. Archived from the original on 13 February 1998. Retrieved 13 October 2015.

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