Egyptian director who helped bring Realism back into Egyptian cinema in the 1980s.
He made his directorial debut with the film El-akdar el-damia in 1982.
His three most celebrated films were The Collar and the Bracelet, Bitter Day, Sweet Day, and Ice Cream in Gleem.
He married Monika Kowalczyk in 1980.
He and Steven Spielberg were among their generation's most prominent directors.