26th Arab Film Festival

Shall I Compare You to a Summer's Day?

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“Shall I Compare You to a Summer's Day?” is a contemporary queer musical taking Arab folktales as its formal reference, and Egyptian pop music as its primary sonic material. It is based on the filmmaker's personal love diary and told in the form of a “One Thousand andOne Nights” tale, where stories playfully unfold through conversations between Scheherazade, a narrator who never comes into view, and ghosts of former lovers.

Festivals & Awards:

Berlin International Film Festival 2022

Melbourne International Queer Film Festival 2022

L.A. Outfest 2022

About the filmmaker:

Mohammad Shawky Hassan is an Egyptian filmmaker and video artist living and working in Berlin since January 2019. His last film And on a Different Note premiered at the Berlinale - Forum Expanded, and was acquired by the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York as part of its permanent collection.

  • Year
  • Runtime
    64 minutes
  • Language
    Arabic, English
  • Country
  • Director
    Mohammad Shawky Hassan
  • Screenwriter
    Mohammad Shawky Hassan
  • Executive Producer
    Mohammad Shawky Hassan, Maximilian Haslberger, Hesham Marold, Carlos Vasquez
  • Cast
    Donia Massoud, Ahmed Awadalla, Nadim Bahsoun
  • Cinematographer
    Carlos Vasquez
  • Editor
    Carine Doumit
  • Production Design
    Veronica Wüst
  • Composer
    Amen Feizabadi
  • Sound Design
    Kinda Hassan