In Better Times (2007) - (dir: Khaled Youssef) Egyptian one-sheet
This is a 27" x 38.5" Egyptian poster designed by Nagy Shaker to promote the 2007 126-minute Khaled Youssef color film In Better Times [heyna maysara] starring Hala Fakher as Om Reda based on screenplay, story and dialogue by Naser Abdel Rahman and Khaled Youssef with cinematography by Ramses Marzouk. The film was produced by the Al-Batros Company for Cinema Production and Distribution. Plot summary: Om Reda was living in poverty in the Aswa'iya district awiating the return of her son from Iraq after the Gulf War. Living with her was her youngest son Adel Hashisha [Amru Saad]. He left his friend Nahed [Samia al-Khashshab] with his mother to live there while he served a six-month prison sentence for getting into a fight to rescue her. After he got out of prison he fell in love with Nahed but refused to marry her until times got better. Nahed abandoned her son in an empty seat on a city bus because of the father's refusal to recognize him. Adel regretted what he had done and tried to get Nahed back but it was not feasible. He was put in prison again on a charge contrived against him by the officer who had been giving him guidance and teaching him about terrorist activities. He then became trustee of a workshop owner to learn terrorist operations, and he found a hideout on an estate. Adel was trying to find himself with difficulty at a time when Nahed was going from house to house falling in love with the rich people. She tried to go back to Adel again but could not find him. Their son grew up in a home that had adopted him, but then the owner of the home threw him out and he took refuge in ad hoc street shelters. He slept with one of the girls there and they fled to Alexandria together. There was a fracas at the estate between the police and Al-Qaeda which ended with the removal of all street shelters and some of their residents, including Om Reda, Fathy [Amru Abdel Galil], his wife and others. Adel fled to Alexandria on the same train Nahed was riding, while his son, his grandson and his wife were all on the roof of the same train, but none of them knew about each other. The film closes with a printed text apology read aloud by director Khaled Youssef: "I apologize to the people if they cannot understand what they have seen, but in fact I found the reality even more cruel than what was shown on the screen."
Cast and crew: Khaled Youssef, Amr Abd El-Guelil, Hala Fakher, Somaya El Khashab, Ghada Abdel Razek, Ramses Marzouk, Naser Abdel Rahman, Amru Saad, Ahmed Bedir, Sawsan Badr, Ahmed Said Abdel Ghani, Wafaa Amer, Amru Abdel Galil, Khaled Saleh, Amira Fathy, Abdollah Mosharaf, Sameh Al-Sariti, Mohamed Karim, Sameh Moghawari, Motaz Al-Swifi, Mohammad Farouq