Chaos / Heya Fawda

  • Release Date: 2007
  • Type: Featured
  • Run time: 122 Minutes
  • Directed by: Youssef Chahine, Khaled Youssef
  • Produced by: Gabriel Khoury, Jean Brehat
  • Screenplay: Nasser Abdel Rahman
  • Cast: Khaled Saleh, Menna Shalaby, Youssef El Sherif, Hala Sedky, Hala Fakher, Amr Abdel Guelil, Ahmed Fouad Selim, Dorra Zarrouk, Safwa, Seif Abdel Rahman, Abdallah Meshref, Ahmed Yehia, Maher Essam
  • Cinematography: Ramses Marzouk
  • Art direction: Hamed Hemdan
  • Editing: Ghada Ezzedine
  • Costume design: Monia Fath Al Bab
  • Music: Yasser Abdel Rahman
  • Sound: Moustafa Aly
  • Subtitles: English, French

In his last film, completed with the help of longtime collaborator Khaled Youssef, Chahine concocts a tasty melodrama, with plenty of political bite, out of a tale about a crusading public prosecutor taking on a corrupt and sadistic police chief in contemporary Cairo. Set in the cosmopolitan neighborhood of Shoubra, known for the diversity of its residents, Chaos reveals the area to be a powder keg thanks to social and economic conditions that deteriorate while the elite look the other way. The drama and political commentary is overlaid with a love triangle that ups the ante for all concerned. (Harvard Film Archive)