Dry Hot Summers

Love & Sex
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| German (Germany) English (United States)

In this Egyptian-German coproduction, two lonely people meet in opposing phases of life. On a busy summer day, they happen to be in the same taxi at the same time. The frail old Shawky and the spirited young Doaa are both caught up in their own routines as their trip through the city evolves into a journey of self-discovery through which they reconnect with life. Sherif Elbendary, whose films have been officially selected at over 70 festivals worldwide and won more than a dozen prestigious awards, returns to the screen with his short film DRY HOT SUMMERS. "This is a film full of honesty and maturity: the honesty of an artist who has something to say apart from the usual themes and political messages; and the maturity of the filmmaker who is confident enough to do without the superfluous and unnecessary. It would be no exaggeration to say that Har Gar Sayfan [DRY HOT SUMMERS] is the best Egyptian short film of recent years."(goethe. de - Goethe-Institut e. V.) DRY HOT SUMMERS was sponsored by the Robert Bosch Foundation and was shown at ALFILM - Arabic Film Festival Berlin and Goethe Filmwoche Cairo and Alexandria.