Dry Hot Summers
حار .. جاف .. صيفاً
Dry Hot Summers (Har .. Gaf .. Sayfan)
Two lonely people at opposite chapters of life accidentally meet on a busy summer day in a Cairo taxi. Frail old Shawky and bubbly young Doaa are both caught up in their busy routines as their race through the city evolves into a journey of self-discovery that reconnects them to life.
short film, Sherif Elbendary, Egypt/Germany 2015, 30 min, color, digital, Arabic with English, French or German ST
Shawky: Mohamed Farid | Doaa: Nahed Elsebai | Abeer: Donia Maher | Saeed: Mohamed Abd el Azim | Director Sherif Elbendary | Producer Claudia Jubeh | Co-Producer Hossam Elouan | Executive Producer Safei El Din Mahmoud, Red Star Films | Screenplay Nura El-Sheikh | Director of Photography Victor Credi | Editor Emad Maher | Sound Recordist Sameh Gamal | Sound Design Thomas Wallmann | Production Design Ahmad Fayez | Costume Designer Reem El Adl
the director about the film
While I was working on the development of my first feature film "Two Rooms and a Parlor", I came across the first draft of "Dry Hot Summers". I do not exaggerate when I say that for quite a period after reading it I found my heart and my mind hanging around with the idea. I couldn't stop thinking about it, so I decided I wanted to make it no matter what – even though I did not write it myself as I did with my previous short films, but it felt so much to be tied to them in the same chain.
It shares with my previous films the theme of loneliness and isolation and the search for a moment of relief. As in my previous films the main character is in a permanent search for something, even if it is a very simple thing. It is that same thing that drives forward more