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Hala Lotfy's Coming Forth by Day Hits Seven Festivals and Film Events in November

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To Screen as Part of Panorama of the European Film in Cairo

Hala Lotfy's Coming Forth by Day Hits Seven Festivals and Film Events in November


Directed by Hala Lotfy, Coming Forth by Day continues its successful tour in international film events during November in Egypt, Morocco and the UK. In the beginning of November, the film took part in three film festivals in the Netherlands, Spain and Greece where the film took part in the 54th Thessaloniki International Film Festival and received a Special Mention for Cinematography to Director of Photography Mahmoud Lotfy.

Coming Forth by Day will take place in the Emerging Directors section within the 6th Panorama of the European Film, Cairo, which runs from November 27th to December 7th, 2013. The film was also part of the 6th Cairo International Women's Film Festival, which closed on November 22nd, 2013. The film then travels to Morocco to participate in the International Film Festival Transsaharien in Zagora, which ran from November 19th, to November 24th, 2013. Likewise, on November 26th and November 30th, 2013, Coming Forth by Day screens in the British Film Institute (BFI) London as part of Discover Arab Cinema program.

This ensues only a few days after landing in the 94th place on the Dubai International Film Festival's list of the 100 Most Important Arab Films, making it the most recent film included on the list. Coming Forth by Day was selected to screen at the opening ceremony of the Arab Camera Festival Rotterdam, on Thursday, November 14th, 2013. The film has also taken part in the Arab and Mediterranean Film Festival of Catalonia in Spain which closed on November 10th, 2013.

Written and directed by Hala Lotfy, Coming Forth by Day tells the story of a poor family living in one of the shabby neighborhoods on the outskirts of Cairo. The pillar of the family, a single 30-year-old woman (Donia Maher), finds it difficult to express her feelings and dreams, while she spends her time only taking care of her wheelchair-bound father (Ahmed Lotfy) and mother (Salma Al-Naggar) who works as a nurse.

Co-produced by Hassala Films and NY Consultancy, Coming Forth by Day won several prizes in several international film festivals during 2012 such as FIPRESCI award for the Best Narrative Feature and the Best Director from the Arab World in Abu Dhabi Film Festival within the New Horizons Competition, the Bronze Tanit at the Official Competition in Carthage Film Festival, the Golden Lion in Oran Arab Film Festival within the official competition, and the Best African Film award within the African Film Competition at African Film Festival in Milan.

In October, 2013, the film received three awards at the Alexandria Mediterranean Countries Film Festival namely; Best Director at the festival's international competition, in addition to Best Film Award and Best Director Award for Hala Lotfy within the Egyptian Film Panorama. Actress Do'aa Ereikat has received a Certificate of Appreciation for her role in one scene a month before the film receives the Best Director award at the Kazan International Muslim Film Festival.

The film screened in several international film festivals including Berlin International Film Festival within the framework of Berlinale Forum 2013, the Official Competition at Luxor African Film Festival 2013, Ayam Beirut Al Cinema'iya 2013, the Official Competition within Tetouan International Mediterranean Film Festival in Morocco, and Bird's Eye View International Film Festival which aims to shed the light on women's contributions to the cinema. In this year's installment of the festival, the focus was to celebrate Arab women filmmakers.