After years away from the small screen, Faten Hamama makes her comeback with a television series titled "Daret el-Ayam" (Days Went By), a drama spanning three generations of women over 13 episodes, written by Youssri El-Fakharani and directed by Ghada Selim.
Hamama portrays the first generation character in the series -- a writer who lives in harsh isolation and reminisces about her memories of the "good old days".
Yousra plays the second generation, a woman divided by the contradictions of the past and the present existing side-by-side. Mona Shalabi plays the third generation character, a girl who rebels against widespread social traditions and concepts.
"Daret el-Ayam," which will be filmed in Hurghada, Alexandria, and Paris, will bring Hamama back to television after her last appearance on "Wagh el-Qamar" (Face of the Moon) in 2000.
It may also be the series that brings her together with her ex-husband, superstar Omar Sharif, who may be starring in the show. "Daret el-Ayam" would be their first on-screen encounter since "Nahr el-Hub" (River of Love), released in 1961, shortly before Sharif's debut in international cinema.
Hamama's role in this new drama is yet another step in her long career. The 77-year-old "Lady of the Arab Screen" was recently honored by the 6th Dubai International Film Festival which took place between December 9th and December 16th.
Contrary to the rules of the festival, the award was delivered to Hamama's house in Cairo, rather than in Dubai. The award was a token of the festival's appreciation for her invaluable contribution to Egyptian cinema, through her striving to strengthen the role of women in cinema across the Arab region.
Throughout her career in the movies, Hamama has played countless distinguished parts spanning the genres of melodrama, history, and comedy. She is particularly well-known for her romantic roles.
Hamama boasts nearly 100 movies and television series and numerous awards. Her first debut on the silver screen was at seven years old in a movie titled "Yom Said" (A Happy Day) and her last movie, titled "Ard el-Ahlam" (Land of Dreams), was in 1993.
Over her many years as an actress, Hamama has been lauded for her outstanding performances in many movies. One of the most important roles was her portrayal of a young woman determined to avenge the murder of her sister in "Doa al-Karawan" (The Curlew's Cry) in 1959. The movie was hailed as one of the best Hamama has made for the Egyptian cinema.
"Nahr el-Hub," based on Leo Tolstoy's "Anna Karenina", was another memorable role in which Hamama managed to mesmerize both critics and viewers.
In 1954, Hamama shared the screen with Michel Shalhoub, an Egyptian actor of Lebanese origin, in their first movie together "Siraa Fil-Wadi" (A Struggle in the Valley), directed by Youssef Shahine. Shortly afterwards, the young Shalhoub decided to change his name to Omar Sharif, and embraced Islam in 1955 in order to marry the budding star with whom he fell in love while shooting the movie.
Sharif made his debut in international cinema in 1962, and in 1974 he divorced Hamama.
Throughout the 1970s and 1980s, Hamama played some of her best roles in movies, such as "Al-Kheit al-Rafih" (A Fine Thread) in 1971, "Emberatoriat Meem" (Empire M) in 1972, "Afwah wa Araneb" (Mouths to Feed) in 1977, and "Yom Mor…Yom Helou" (Bitter and Sweet Days) in 1988.