Leading Actress and Filmmakers to Walk the Red Carpet in the Premiere
Factory Girl Rolls in Cinemas across 15 Swedish Cities
After a successful tour in film festivals around the world, and in theatres across Egypt and the Arab world, Factory Girl will release in Sweden on Friday, April 24, 2015. The film will be screened in 15 cities, through Arab Cinema in Sweden (ACIS); a distribution of Malmo Arab Film Festival. Marking the film's first commercial release outside the Arab world, Factory Girl has been scheduled to be displayed in other countries around the world, according to MAD Solutions, the film's distributor.
Yasmin Raeis, the film's leading actress, will be with the great Egyptian director Mohamed Khan and producer Mohammed Samir in Sweden during the period from 21st to 25th of April, where the "Factory Girl" filmmakers will walk the red carpet at the premiere of the film before officially rolling in 15 cities; Stockholm, Gothenburg, Malmo, Ingrid, NorrkÃ¶ping, UmeÃ¥, LuleÃ¥, Lund, Hallsberg, Eskilstuna, JÃ¶nkÃ¶ping, Kristianstad, VÃ¤sterÃ¥s and Ã–stersund.
The film hit Egyptian theaters on March 19th, 2014, and was released in the UAE in the next day, and then it carried on its flourishing commercial tour across Lebanon, the Palestinian city of Ramallah, and three other Arab countries. Egyptian revenues totaled 1.6 million EGP, and ran in cinemas for more than 19 consecutive weeks.
The film has also been presented at the European Film Market (EFM) within the 65th Berlin International Film Festival through the Arab Cinema Center (ACC), which is helmed by MAD Solutions as part of its long-term strategy in backing and promoting Arab filmmaking
Helmed by veteran director Mohamed Khan, the film is written by Wessam Soliman, and stars Yasmin Raeis, Hani Adel, Salwa Khattab, Salwa Mohamed Ali, Ibtihal El Sereti a diverse array of new promising stars. The film is produced by Mohamed Samir's DayDream Art Production and is distributed in the Arab world by MAD Solutions, which also promoted the film worldwide.
Factory Girl tells the story of Hiyam (Raeis), 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 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.
Mohamed Khan's Factory Girl was Egypt's official submission to the Best Foreign Language Film category at the 87th Academy Awards (Oscars). The film also received 13 awards and a special mention from festivals worldwide. In December 2013, the film had its world premiere at the Dubai International Film Festival within the Muhr Arab Feature competition where the film received the International Federation of Film Critics (FIPRESCI) award for the Arab Feature Competition, and the film's star Yasmin Raeis walked away with the Best Actress award. In July 2014, the film earned a Special Jury Prize from MEDFilm Festival in Italy, where it was screened at the opening gala of the festival.
Through a tour across 18 international film festivals, Yasmin Raeis added a total of 6 awards to her record the last of which has been granted to the Egyptian star at the International Oriental Film Festival in Geneva where she received a Special Mention from the Jury of the Feature Film section for her outstanding performance.
Before that mention, Yasmin received 5 awards from international film festivals namely; the Best Actress Award from Dubai International Film Festival 2013, Best Actress Award from Malmo Arab Film Festival in Sweden, Best Actress Award at the 18th Egyptian National Film Festival, the Best Actress Award at the 41st Egyptian Film Association Festival, and most recently Best Actress from Silk Road Film Festival in Dublin, Ireland.
At the 41st Egyptian Film Association Festival, the film earned the Excellence Award for director Mohamed Khan; a Special Jury Award; Best Supporting Actress for Salwa Khatab; Best Screenplay award for Wessam Suleiman; and Best Film Editing award for Dina Farouk. Screenwriter Wessam Soliman also received the Best Writing Award at the Sala Women Film Festival in Morocco.
Factory Girl ended 2014 with receiving multiple awards from international film festivals earning 4 awards from 18th Egyptian National Film Festival, which hosted an honorary screening for the film at the closing ceremony after competing in the festival's Feature-length Competition. The film swept the festival's major awards; The First Prize, Best Director award and Best Screenplay award.
At the 63rd Egyptian Catholic Centre Cinema Festival, a Certificate of Artistic Creativity has been handed to Salwa Mohamed Ali for her role in Factory Girl, the festival also granted MAD Solutions, the film's distributor, a Certificate of Appreciation.