Her Sixth Accolade from Film Festivals for Her Role in Factory Girl
Yasmin Raeis Receives a Special Mention from the International Oriental Film Festival in Geneva
After a successful tour across 18 international film festivals, Yasmin Raeis keeps stealing the limelight by adding a total of 6 awards to her record. For her outstanding performance in Mohamed Khan's Factory Girl, this time, Raeis received a Special Mention from the Jury of the Feature Film section within the International Oriental Film Festival in Geneva.
On the Special Mention she received, Raeis expressed her excessive happiness saying, "I am thrilled to receive a Special Mention by the Jury and I am overwhelmed with gratitude by all the support of international festivals and communities for my role in The Factory Girl."
Previously, Raeis has won 5 awards from several international film festivals including; the Best Actress award from Dubai International Film Festival in 2013; the Best Actress Award from Malmo Arab Film Festival in Sweden; the Best Actress Award from the 18th Egyptian National Film Festival; the Best Actress Award from the 41st Egyptian Film Association Festival, and only a few days ago, Raeis garnered the Best Actress Award from the Silk Road Film Festival in Dublin, Ireland.
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 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.
Helmed by veteran director Mohamed Khan, the film is written by Wessam Suleiman, and stars Yasmin Raeis, Hany Adel, Salwa Khatab, Salwa Mohamed Ali, Ibtihal El Sereti along with 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.
Khan's Factory Girl was Egypt's official submission to the Best Foreign Language Film category at the 87th Academy Awards (Oscars). In addition to Raeis's accolades, the film reaped the total of 11 awards from international festivals; in December 2013, Factory Girl had its world premiere at Dubai International Film Festival within the Muhr Arab Feature competition where the film received the International Federation of Film Critics (FIPRESCI) award for Arab Feature Competition. 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.
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 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.
The film hit Egyptian theatres on March 19th, 2014, and was released in the UAE the next day. Factory Girl carried on its flourishing commercial tour across Lebanon, Palestinian territories and other 3 Arab countries. Garnering the total of 1.6 million EGP in Egyptian box office, Factory Girl ran for 19 consecutive weeks.
In a fresh breakthrough for Mohamed Khan's Factory Girl across international film festivals, Arab Cinema in Sweden (ACIS), a distribution arm under the umbrella of Malmo Arab Film Festival, has announced the plan for a theatrical release of Factory Girl across Sweden on Friday, April 24th, 2015. Marking the film's first release beyond the Arab world, the film will be screened in 9 cities in Sweden. The film will also have a wider theatrical release in further countries the list of which will be revealed soon.