Cairo International Film Festival to grant Lebleba the Lifetime Achievement Award
The Cairo International Film Festival (CIFF) will present legendary Egyptian star Lebleba with its prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award in its 44th edition, which runs from November 13-22.
The award celebrates Lebelba’s wide-ranging career, which began at the age of five as a prodigy best known for parodying celebrities in an ironic manner.
His strong repertoire includes more than 200 songs, and more than 60 films, television productions and plays.
Hossein Fahmi, the head of the Cairo International Film Festival, said:
We are proud to present the CIFF Lifetime Achievement Award to the iconic star, Leblah, who has contributed to Egyptian cinema and Egyptian TV drama throughout his career as one of the most recognizable Egyptian celebrities. From the early years of his professional journey, Lebelba dedicated his life to the film industry with his all-round work. I am personally honored to have been a part of his long career and to have acted alongside him in several films.”
Amir Ramses, director of the Cairo International Film Festival, also added: Leblah is a valuable asset for any director, because his spontaneity, charm and unrivaled ability to change from comedy to heartbreaking dramas have added depth to his roles in every film. Films that have strongly attracted large audiences throughout the Arab world over the years.”
Labalba expressed his happiness on receiving this award and said: I have already been honored in various regional and international film festivals, but I consider receiving the honorary lifetime achievement award from the Cairo International Film Festival very special. This award is the dream of every Egyptian actor and I am happy to go on stage as one of the winners of the festival.
Ninouchka Manog Kopelian, better known by his stage name “Leblah Ba”, is an Egyptian-Armenian film actress, singer and entertainer who belongs to the same artistic family as Iconic Stars. Feroz, who earned the title of “miracle child” during the golden era of cinema, and his sister Nelly, a legendary actress and actress, who received the CIFF Lifetime Achievement Award last year in the 43rd edition of the festival.
At the age of five, Labalba began his career as a rising talent, starring in several films, including: “Habibti Soso” (1951) directed by Niazi Mustafa, “El Bayt al-Saeed” (1952) directed by Hossein Sadaki. “Ya Zalamni” (1954) directed by Ebrahim Amara and “Arbea Banat wa Debt” (1954) written, directed and played by Anwar Vaghdi.
Labalba not only acted in this film alongside prominent stars Anwar Wagdi and Naimeh Akif along with Ragha Yusuf and Awatif Yusuf, but also appeared in the official poster of the film.
Also, in 1955, Labalba directed the film “Al-Habib Al-Mughol” by Hossein Al-Saifi and collaborated with him in the films “Al-Naghm Al-Huzain” (1960) and “Kadi Al-Gharam” (1962).
During the 1960s and 1970s, Lebelba became a rising talent and appeared in various films during her teenage years. “Nimr al-Talmaza” (1964) by Isa Karama, “Aghaz Belafieh” by Nagdi Hafez, and “Akhr al-Ankoud” by Zuhair Baker (1966).
He once again collaborated with the director Hassan Al-Sifi in the films “Shant Hamzah” (1967), “Al-Millionaire Al-Muzayef” (1968), “Burg Al-Azra” (1970) directed by Mahmoud Zulfiqar, “Journey of Shahr Al-Asal” directed by him. Zuhair Baker, “Bant Badee” by Hasan al-Imam, and “Zawaq Bel Reluctance” by Nagdi Hafez (1972).
Lebelba delivered more iconic films in 1973. “Al-Shayatin Fi Aghaza” by Hossamuddin Mustafa, “She Man El Haab” directed by Ahmed Fawad, “Al-Sukaria” by Hassan Al-Imam, which is based on the novel of the Nobel Prize winner Najib Mahfouz, is one of them. Key films of Egyptian cinema
In 1974, Labalba presented 6 films named: “Al-Banat wal Hab” by Hossamuddin Mustafa, “24 Hours of Love” by Ahmed Fouad, “Iris Al-Hanna” by Mahmoud Farid, “Fal Saif Nizh Nahab” by Mohammad. Abdul Aziz and two films by Hassan Imam: “Aqaib Ya Zaman” and “Hakaiti Ma Al Zaman”, which were headlined by Rushdi Abaza and Varda.
In 1975, during the 1970s, Leblah directed other films such as: “Mould Ya Dunya” by Hussain Kamal, “Ehtrasi Man Al-Raghal Ya Mama” by Mahmoud Farid, “Min Yadodar Ala Aziza” by Ahmed Fawad. He first acted alongside the prominent Hossein Fahmi, who later collaborated with him in “Alf Bossa and Bossa” (1977) directed by Mohammad Abdul Aziz, “Heb Fawk Al Barkan” (1978) by Hassan Imam and “Mardan Shaitan Asal” by Hassan . El Seifi in 1985.
Lebelba starred alongside several iconic stars throughout his career, forming some of the most indelible and charismatic duos of Egyptian cinema in the 1970s and 1980s.
Among the most prominent of them, we can mention his duo with comedy legend Adel Imam in the best-selling films: “Al-Bad Yazhab Lal Mazoon Martin” (1978), “Khali Balak Man Grank” (1979) and “Esabat Hamadeh and Toto”. (1982), all directed by Mohammad Abdul Aziz, as well as Athras Man Khat (1984) by Samir Saif.
In the same way, another lovely duo was presented with Leblah alongside comedy master Samir Ghanem in the films “Anahum Yasargun El-Aranb” (1983) directed by Nader Golal, “Ahna Batua Al-Asaf” (1984) directed by Salah Karim. and “Mahatet El Ense” (1985) by director Hassan Ibrahim, to name a few.
He also provided more charismatic on-screen collaborations with several stars during the same period. Among them: the great Mohammad Sabhi in “Al-Shaitena Elti Ahbatni” (1990) directed by Samir Saif, the outstanding Ahmad Zaki in “Dead Al-Hukoma” (1992) directed by Atef Al-Tayeb, and the legendary Noor al-Sharif in “Laila Sokhna”. ” (1995) by director Atef al-Tayeb, who won the biennial Arab film award “Biennial of Arab Cinema” from the Institute du Monde Arabe – IMA.
In 1999, Lebalba made further milestones in his career with films: “Ganet El Shayateen” directed by Osama Fawzi, starring alongside Mahmoud Hamida, “Al-Akhar” directed by Youssef Shahin, which was released in 2004 at “Alexandria New York” with He cooperated. .
Labalba appeared in several notable films in the 2000s, including Samir Saif’s Ma’ali Al Wazir (2002), opposite Ahmed Zaki, and Salah Abusif’s Al Naamah Wal Tawoos (2002).
In 2004, he offered more iconic collaborations with Adel Imam in the films Arees Men Geha Amnia directed by Ali Idris, and Hasan and Murkus (2008) directed by Rami Imam, which also featured international star Omar Sharif alongside a list A exhibited. The cast of Egyptian stars
His list of notable films include Omar Abdul Aziz’s Farhan Letub Adam (2005), in which he played the role of Ehsan alongside Sami Al-Adl, Hassan Hosni and Fathi Abdul Wahab.
Also, Labalba acted alongside young movie stars such as Mohammad Hanidi in “Vash Igram” (2006) directed by Wael Ehsan, Mohammad Saad in “Boha” (2005) directed by Rami Imam, Mohammad Imam in “Albiya Romance” (2009). . Director Ahmed al-Badri, Hassan al-Radad and Horiya Farghali in “Nazaret Ameti” (2013), Akram Farid and Karim Abdulaziz in “Blue Elephant” (2014) directed by Marwan Hamed and recently acted in “Casablanca”. (2019) which shows his last film work.
Labalba made his debut in television drama films opposite Adel Imam in “Sahib Al-Saadeh” (2014) directed by Rami Imam, followed by “Mamun and Partners” (2016), “Al-Sharaq Ali Varana” (2016). 2018) directed by Magdy El Hawary and “Dayman Amer” which was shown in Ramadan 2022.
Lebelba performed several monologues throughout his career, where he was best known for his unique talent for impersonating public figures and celebrities.
On the other hand, Labele participated in several international film festivals and events, including the Cairo International Film Festival, as a member of the festival jury.
Cairo International Film Festival is one of the oldest and most visited festivals in the Arab world and Africa. In addition, the International Federation of Film Producers Associations (FIAPF) in Paris has accredited it as a category A festival, listing it as the only festival in the Arab and African region.