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Hala Lotfy's Coming Forth by Day Wins a Special Mention for Cinematography to Director of Photography Mahmoud Lotfy at Thessaloniki International Film Festival

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After Being Included on the 100 Most Important Arab Films List

Hala Lotfy's Coming Forth by Day Wins a Special Mention for Cinematography to Director of Photography Mahmoud Lotfy at Thessaloniki International Film Festival


Continuing its fruitful tour in international film festivals, Hala Lotfy's Coming Forth by Day scored another success at Thessaloniki International Film Festival as the film received a Special Mention for Cinematography to Director of Photography Mahmoud Lotfy. The award was received by Egyptian actress and scriptwriter Tharaa Goubail.

Coming Forth by Day has been selected to be screened at the opening ceremony of the Arab Camera Festival Rotterdam, on Thursday, November 14th, 2013.

Simultaneously, Coming Forth by Day participated in the Arab and Mediterranean Film Festival of Catalonia, Spain, which has closed on Sunday, November 10th, 2013. These festival participations of the film came 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.

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.

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.

In October, 2013, the film received two awards at the Alexandria Mediterranean Countries Film Festival within the Egyptian Film Panorama Competition namely; Best Film Award and Best Director Award for Hala Lotfy. In addition, actress Do'aa Ereikat has received a Certificate of Appreciation for her role in one scene.

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, London, that 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.