Locarno festival to honor Youssef Chahine

Egyptian director died Sunday

GENEVA, Switzerland -- The 61st Locarno Film Festival will host a special tribute to Egyptian director Youssef Chahine, who died Sunday at the age of 82.

Among the events planned to honor the helmer is a special Piazza Grande screening Aug. 7 of "Al Massir" (Destiny), Chahine's historical romance that originally screened at the same venue in 1997.

Chahine, who Locarno artistic director Frederic Maire called a "dear friend," had long ties with the Swiss festival that runs Aug. 6-16.