TCAFF: Before The Summer Crowds

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Showings

St. Anthony Main Theatre 3 Sun, Oct 2, 2016 5:30 PM
Ticket Prices
General Public:Box Office - $10.00
Online - $8.00
Members:$8.00
Student (Box Office Only):$8.00
Film Info
Original Title:Qabl Zahmet al-Saif
Program:Twin Cities Arab Film Festival
Hosted Events
Tags:Drama
Comedy
Release Year:2015
Runtime:119 min
Festivals & Awards:World Premiere at Dubai International Film Festival, UAE, 2015
Official Selection, Luxor African Film Festival, Egypt, 2015
Country/Region:Egypt
United Arab Emirates
Language:Arabic
with English subtitles
Trailer:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s18VyphI43I
Cast/Crew
Director:Mohamed Khan
Producer:Mohamed Hefzy
Wael Omar
Hani Osama
Cinematographer:Victor Credi
Screenwriter:Ghada Shahbander
Nura El Sheikh (Additional Dialogue)
Editor:Dina Farouk
Composer:Layal Watfeh

Description

PART OF MIZNA'S TWIN CITIES ARAB FILM FESTIVAL

Post-show panel discussion with Mohannad Ghawanmeh


Screening with short film Dry Hot Summers

This past July, Egypt lost one of its most prolific contemporary filmmakers, Mohamed Khan. Join us in honoring his memory with his final feature-length film, a charming comedy that offers a closer look at the politics of class and gender in a sliver of Egyptian society.

Before the summer officially begins, before the waves of tourist flock to a seaside town near Alexandria, Hala (Hana Shiha) travels to a resort to meet a lover Hesham (Hany El Metennawy). His visit is short, but Hala stays to enjoy the beach and unwittingly becomes the focus of the other three inhabitants’ attention--Yehia (Maged El Kedwany), his wife Magda (Lana Mushtaq), and Gomaa (Ahmed Dawood). Khan’s film presents a unique look at the disparity between rich and poor in Egypt through comedy and expert performances.


DIRECTOR BIOGRAPHY

mohamed khanMohamed Khan has cemented his role as an distinctive director in the Egyptian and Arab filmmaking scene. With a rich repertoire of more than 25 films, his works have received over 30 international awards and recognitions. Khan studied filmmaking in London and joined the Script Department at the General Egyptian Company in 1963. He has worked as a director and assistant director on numerous projects, and he is the author of two books on cinema.


PANELIST BIOGRAPHY

Mohannad Ghawanmeh has produced, acted in, curated, written about, and lectured on film. He has curated/directed Mizna’s Twin Cities Arab Film Fetival, the Twin Cities Italian Film Festival, the Arab American National Museum’s Film Festival, and UCLA’s Melnitz Movies. Ghawanmeh is currently a PhD student in Cinema and Media Studies at UCLA and is working on a dissertation that investigates the political economy of Egyptian silent cinema. His scholarship also encompasses Arab cinema, early/silent cinema, nationalism/transnationalism, film financing, censure/censorship, digital humanities, and more.




DRY HOT SUMMERS

Dir. Sherif Elbendary
2015 | Egypt/Germany | Arabic with English subtitles | 30 min | Minnesota Premiere

SYNOPSIS: Shawky (Mohamed Farid), a man suffering from old age, and Doaa (Nahed El Sabai), a woman preparing for marriage, meet in a taxi and become forever linked in this touching story about the kindness of strangers.

FESTIVALS & AWARDS
Best Short Film, Oran International Film Festival, Algeria, 2015
Best Director, Bangalore International Film Festival, India, 2015

DIRECTOR BIOGRAPHY: Sherif Elbendary lives and works in Cairo. His first short film Rise and Shine was selected for more than 75 festivals and won 33 awards. He is currently working on his first feature film, Ali, the Goat, and Ibrahim, and continues to make short films


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TWIN CITIES ARAB FILM FESTIVAL

Mizna presents the eleventh Twin Cities Arab Film Festival in partnership with the Film Society of Minneapolis St. Paul. The Arab Film Fest showcases modern Arab cinema, featuring debut screenings of independent narrative, documentary, and experimental features and shorts.