In Its Egyptian Premiere
A Warm Welcome to Mohamed Khan's Factory Girl from Luxor Audience
A huge applause lasted for several minutes after the end of Factory Girl's first screening in Luxor Egyptian and European Film Festival. The film had its Egyptian premiere on Thursday night January 23rd, 2014 in Luxor, following its world premiere at the 10th Dubai International Film Festival in 2013. After the screening, a discussion panel was held where the audience and media figures expressed their complete admiration of the film.
Prolific Director Mohamed Khan,Scriptwriter Wessam Soliman, and the composer of the film's score George Kazazian attended the film's screening along with prominent actor Asser Yassin, Scriptwriter Tamer Habib, Director Nadine Khan, in addition to filmmakers, journalists, and film critics. It was surprising how Luxor Conference Hall was packed out by women, men, youth, and even children.
Producer Mohamed Samir couldn't hide his sheer happiness and optimism after the end of the screening, he said "In fact I wasn't watching the film but rather was waiting for the audience's feedback and was relieved only after the show was over and lights were lit on. I was observing the faces of this diverse audience that was completely taken by the film's incidents. I didn't expect the film would be celebrated like that, especially it is the film's Egyptian premiere and the screening was not excluded only for journalists and critics, who praised the film too, but ordinary people where there as well."
Great Director Mohamed Khan started the panel by thanking the audience who liked and applauded for the film. He also dedicated the film to the late legendary actress Soad Hosny and expressed his appreciation to her.
After the panel was finished, Mohamed Khan said, "I really appreciated the variety of our audience today and the presence of young men and women who liked what we presented to them and fully understood it as I hoped. This was obvious in their comments and greetings they offered me after the end of the show. I didn't expect this success and I am so happy that Factory Girl's Egyptian premiere is in Luxor and is watched by this beautiful audience."
This screening comes after Factory Girl's world premiere in 10th Dubai International Film Festival where it garnered International Federation of Film Critics (FIPRESCI) award for Arab Feature Competition, whereas the film's star Yasmin Raeis won Best Actress award, in Muhr Arab Feature Competition.
Factory Girl marks the great Director Mohamed Khan's comeback to filmmaking after seven years of absence. It is the result of a fruitful cooperation with Producer Mohamed Samir's DayDream Art Production, and had the support of seven international filmmaking entities.
Factory Girl is the first feature production by Mohamed Samir's DayDream Art Production. The film is regarded as one of the most successful co-operative stories of an independent film project in the Arab filmmaking scene. Factory Girl received financial support from a big number of international filmmaking entities, with a total of seven entities supporting the film including: Dubai International Film Festival's Enjaaz Fund, Abu Dhabi Film Festival's Sanad Fund, GIZ institution, Global Film Initiative, Women in Film Foundation and the Ministry of Culture's Filmmaking Fund.
Samir has formed a different kind of partnership, co-producing Factory Girl with WIKA for Film Production and Distribution (Harag w' Marag) and Middlewest Films (In Search of Oil and Sand and Villa 69).
Starring Yasmin Raeis, Hany Adel, Salwa Kahttab, Salwa Mohamed Ali, in addition to a number of new talents, Factory Girl tells the story of Hiyam, a young factory worker, lives in a lower-middle-class neighborhood, along with her co-workers. She is clearly under the spell of Salah, the factory's new supervisor, who has expressed his admiration for her. She believes love can transcend the class differences between them. However, when a pregnancy test is discovered in the factory premises, her immediate family and close friends accuse her of sinning. Hiyam decides not to defend herself and pays an enormous price in a society that fails to accept independent women. Factory Girl examines the changes that take place in her life over the four seasons of the year. From falling in love to facing heartbreak, her life comes around full circle by the end of the year.