Before the Summer Crowds

Director: Mohamed Khan
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The film introduces an unusual viewpoint in Egyptian cinema on a number of intertwined relationships who come from different social classes carrying different thoughts, emotional and sensual aspects.
The film won three awards at the Film Society Festival For Egyptian Cinema; Best Sound to Bassem El Elaimy, Best Music to Layal Watfeh, and Best Actor in a Leading Role to Maged El Kedwany.
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2015/ Egypt90 min/ Drama
Original Title
Abl Zahmet El Seif
Set in a seaside resort, the film tracks a group of people who meet each other at the beginning of summer season and all get tangled in the paradoxes of love, jealousy, desire and disappointments.
Maged El Kedwany
Hana Shiha
Ahmed Dawood
Lana Mushtaq
Screenwriter: Ghada Shahbender
Nura El Sheikh
DOP: Victor Credi
Editor: Dina Farouk
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Production Company(ies)
Middle West Films
Film Clinic
The Producers
Wika for Film Production and Distribution
MAD Solutions
Wael Omar
Mohamed Hefzy
Hani Osama
Mohamed Khan
Dina Farouk
Alaa Karkouti
Jamal Al Dabbous
film festivals
Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF), UAE
Luxor African Film Festival (LAFF), Egypt
Karama Human Rights Film Festival, Jordan
Cairo International Film Festival (CIFF), Egypt
Tripoli Film Festival, Lebanon
Mostra de Cinema EgípcioContemporâneo, Brazil
ANA Contemporary Arab Cinema, USA
Film Society Festival For Egyptian Cinema, Egypt
film awards
Best Sound, Best Music, Best Actor in a Leading Role at the Film Society Festival For Egyptian Cinema, Egypt
“Mohamed Khan has fashioned a deceptively light ensemble piece in Before The Summer Crowds, which he serves up as a wry satire on the self-centred middle classes occupying Egypt’s first row...its seaside setting, breezy insouciance and sharp undertow could see Summer Crowds achieve further festival berths after its Dubai world premiere.” Fionnuala Halligan - Screen Daily

“Mohammad Khan brings us a story of a pre-summer voyage to the Egyptian coast. Filled with love, laughs and frustrations, the film is timeless and extremely enjoyable to watch. As the plot thickens, the characters and storyline develops, leaving you on the edge of your seat. The storyline was so relatable, not only to the people of Egypt or limited to only Arabic speakers. It was a story that could happen anywhere and to anyone.” Danielle van Jaarsveld - Gulf News