Egyptian film and TV director Samir Seif, who rose to prominence in the early 1980s and was nominated for the Golden Pyramid Award at the Cairo International Film Festival in 1999 and 2002, died of a heart attack at home on Monday December 9th.
Samir Seif, one the most prominent film-makers in the history of the Egyptian drama, enjoyed a fruitful career in which he worked alongside other distinguished directors such as Yousif Shahen, Shady Abd Elsalam and Hassan Al Emam.
Born in an ordinary family in Shubra province, near Cairo, he developed a passion for cinema and became infatuated by the cowboys of Western movies, which helped in shaping his talent and later interest in action movies.
The 72-year-old director graduated from the High Cinema Institute and directed films such as 'Gharib fi Baity' (Stranger at My Home), 'Al Namr Wal Ontha' ( The Tiger and the Female), and 'El Raqesa Wal Seyasy' (The Belly Dancer and The Politician).
He directed his first movie 'Daerat Al Enteqam' (Circle of Vengeance) in 1976.
In 1992, he worked as an assistant director on Spike Lee's famous movie, Malcolm X, directing scenes in Egypt. In January of 2018, he was chosen to head of the 66th edition of the Egyptian Catholic Centre Cinema Festival. Seif also headed the 21st edition of the Egyptian National Film Festival in Cairo in October 2017.
Throughout his career, he worked on several famous Egyptian television series, such as, 'Awan El Ward' ( Time of Roses) and 'Nour Al Sabah' (Daylight).
Head of the Egyptian Artist Syndicate Ashraf Zaki announced the heartbreaking news while paying his respects to the legendary director.
His family is yet to issue a statement and declare the funeral service.