Mohamed Khan's Film Continues Its International Success and Awaits the Oscar Nominations
Producer Mohamed Samir and Actress Yasmin Raeis Attend the Screening of Factory Girl at Carthage Film Festival
Nearly after a year since its world premiere, Mohamed Khan's Factory Girl continues its success in international film events, earning more accolades and gaining high critical acclaim. Accompanied by the film's producer, Mohamed Samir, the film's star Yasmin Raeis heads to Tunisia to attend the screening of Factory Girl at Carthage Film Festival within Special Sessions section on December 1st at 06:00 pm, Tunisia time.
Factory Girl has been recently submitted to represent Egypt at the 87th Academy Awards for Best Foreign Language Film. During November the film has also taken part in Kolkata Film Festival in India within Focus: Arabian Countries section, which showcased 7 films from the Arab world that achieved artistic triumphs at international film festivals. The film has also been part of African Film Festival of Verona in Italy within Panorama Africa competition, which encompassed 10 African feature-length films. Under the auspices of Mizna, Factory Girl has been screened in November 9th at Twin Cities Arab Film Festival in Minnesota, USA.
The film earned its leading actress Yasmin Raeis the Best Actress Award at Malmo Arab Film Festival in Sweden, whereas its screenwriter Wessam Soliman won the Best Writing Award at the Sala Women Film Festival in Morocco. The festival's official statement on the prize came as follows, "The originality of the film lies not only in its subject matter, but also within an outstanding scenario that carries a feminist sensibility that opens new horizons for women, showing their strength to overcome the social constraints and challenge a still dominant and oppressing community. Factory Girl is not just a film but a call to empower women."
Starring Yasmin Raees, Hany Adel, Salwa Khatab, Salwa Mohamed Ali, Ibtihal El Sereti and a diverse array of new promising stars, the film is written by Wessam Soliman and produced by Mohamed Samir's DayDream Art Production .The film 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 had its world premiere at the 10th Dubai International Film Festival within the Muhr Arab Feature Competition in December, 2013, where it garnered the International Federation of Film Critics (FIPRESCI) award for Arab Feature Competition, and the film's star Yasmin Raeis walked away with the Best Actress award. The film also received a Special Jury Prize at MED Film Festival in Italy, where it was screened at the opening gala of the festival last July. Concurrently, the film was a great success in Egyptian theaters, carrying on its flourishing commercial tour across 6 Arab countries, as well as Ramallah, Palestinian territories.
During the last year, Factory Girl participated in several distinguished festivals including; Safar: A Journey Through Popular Arab Cinema in London, which took place at the Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA), under the patronage of the Arab British Centre, ANA Contemporary Arab Cinema Festival in New York, Franco Arab Film Festival in Jordan and Montreal World Film Festival in Canada. Moreover, Factory Girl was part of Shanghai International Film Festival, in addition to its screening at the opening ceremony of the Arab Film Festival in Seoul, Korea.