Before the Summer Crowds
Before the Summer Crowds (, translit.Qabl Zahmet El Seif) is an Egyptian film directed by Mohamed Khan and released in 2016. Starring Maged el Kedwany, Hana Sheha, Ahmed Dawood, Lana Mushtaq and Hany El Metennawy, it premiered at the 12th Dubai International Film Festival in 2015. It was then selected to represent Egypt in the 5th Luxor African Film Festival in March 2016 before commercial release in Egyptian cinemas in April and rollout to Iraq, Tunisia and the UAE in May.
The film follows a group of people who meet in a beach resort on the North Coast of Egypt. Described as "a wry satire on the self-centred middle classes occupying Egypt’s “first row”" by Screen Daily, it follows Dr. Yehia (Maged el Kedwany) and his wife Magda (Lana Mushtaq) as they arrive at the beach resort. They are soon joined by Hala (Hana Sheha), a "a needy, negligent recently-divorced mother" who quickly attracts the attention of both Dr. Yehia and Goma'a (Ahmed Dawood), the resort caretaker. Over the week, each of their individual frustrations comes to a head and "the pre-summer holiday they all hoped for turns out to be yet another backdrop for the same frustrations." This is a story of accidental neighbours and frustrated voyeurs who are the recognisable bourgeoisie of the Egyptian summer.