Abdullah narrates the story of contemporary
There is Ibrahim, excellently played by Khaled Abol Naga, who is doing fieldwork for his post graduate studies on the ethnical composition of pre-revolution
We meet Hany, the acting debut of renowned musician Hany Adel, an introverted physician who is applying for a visa to please his mother, who already left
There is Engy (Hanan Mutawa), a receptionist in a pension, whose aspiration and yearning painfully long to take her to a wonderful life in
A young couple preparing for marriage, very authentically portrayed by Aya Soliman and Atef Youssef, spends a day wasted for nothing trying to run a simple yet essential errand but never make it. Subjected to the will of a greater force they are stuck in traffic caused by an arbitrary state of play or a crossing politician.
The best performance ever was the most silent one given by the soldier (Mohamed Brequaa) who is serving his shift trapped like an insect in a matchbox. Renounced of a future or aspiration of ever having one, the destiny of the soldier is the hardest to bear and the most heartbreaking to witness. Abdullah skillfully visualizes the soldier’s entrapment that it feels like abuse not to be able to help this poor sod, who shares his dry bread with a stray dog and offers him empathy and compassion in a harsh world. The mere fact that this soldier reflects a large group of young Egyptians whose lives simply end where they should begin is an even harder reality to digest and a bigger cross to bear to those responsible for creating a breed of ostriches and broken youth.
The protagonists never really meet although their stories are all set in the backdrop of
The only common denominator among the protagonists is the dealer (Marwan Azab) who serves his
The guest appearance of Tamer El Said, director of various award winning short films and Ibrahim El Battout, director of the acclaimed independent film “Ein Shams” is a standing ovation for the independent film movement in
I hope that when screened in Egypt this film meets an open minded audience that wants to see and feel something other than cheap popcorn entertainment.