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Dry Hot Summers (Har Gaf Sayfan)

Ajyal Competition - Ajyal Youth Film Festival 2016

Sherif Elbendary / Short Narrative / Egypt, Germany / 2015 / 31 min / Colour / DCP2K / In Arabic / English subtitles / Qatar Premiere
Rated: Parental guidance advised for viewers under the age of 15. Individuals under the age of 15 are not admitted into cinemas unless accompanied by an individual aged 18 or over.


A straightforward errand turns into a wild goose chase for a kind-hearted elderly man when he crosses paths with a nervous bride-to-be in a taxi cab. Though their routines are taking them down different paths, it seems destiny has brought them together to reconnect them to the joys of life. Director Sherif Elbendary captures the ambience of Cairo’s congested streets and charming hidden corners in a lovely tale of chance encounters and unexpected friendship in the sweltering heat of the city.

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About the Director

Egyptian filmmaker Sherif Elbendary lives and works in Cairo. He graduated from the High Institute of Cinema in Cairo in 2007. His short films, ‘Rise & Shine, (2006) and ‘At Day’s End’ (2008), appeared in numerous film festivals and won many awards. Sherif’s ‘Curfew’ was part of the omnibus film ‘18 Days’, which screened at the Festival de Cannes in 2011, and his ‘Dry Hot Summers’ won the Robert Bosch Film Prize in 2014, and was in competition at the Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival in 2016. He made his feature-length directorial debut with ‘Ali, the Goat and Ibrahim’ (2016) and is currently preparing his second feature, ‘2 Rooms and a Parlor’.


Sherif Elbendary
Nura El-Sheikh
Claudia Jubeh
Emad Maher
Executive Producer
Safei El Din Mahmoud, Red Star Films
Hossam Elouan
Victor Credi
Sales Company
Mec Film
Production Company
Subtype Productions
Mohamed Farid, Nahed Elsebai, Donia Maher, Mohamed Abd el Azim

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