A year has passed since its theatrical release in the Arab world and “Factory Girl” continues its burgeoning success, carrying forward with
non-stop lucrative festival tours worldwide reaping awards including 4 prizes for its leading star Yasmin Raeis. The film combined all the
elements of success starting from the funding and production to a great team and efforts that have been put by the
marketing and distribution team.
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 and 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.
The film hit Egyptian theaters on March 19th, 2014, and was released in the UAE the next day. Factory Girl carried on its
flourishing commercial tour across Lebanon, the Palestinian territories and other 3 Arab countries. Garnering a 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
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 get a theatrical release in several countries the list of which will be announced
This month, “Factory Girl” is taking part of the 10th International Oriental Film Festival of Geneva. Marking its 17th participation at an international film festival, director Mohamed Khanis will be attending the festival.
The film has also been presented at the European Film Market (EFM) within the 65thBerlin 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.
“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.
Mohamed Khan’s “Factory Girl” was Egypt’s official submission to the Best Foreign Language Film category at the 87th Academy Awards (Oscars). 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
The film’s star, Yasmin Raeis, reaped the Best Actress Award at Malmo Arab Film Festival in Sweden, and its ccreenwriter Wessam Soliman also
received the Best Writing Award at the Sala Women Film Festival in Morocco.
ended 2014 receiving multiple awards from international film festivals earning 4 awards from the 18thEgyptian National Film Festival, which hosted an honorary screening of the film at the closing ceremony after competing in the festival’s Feature-length Competition. The film swept the festival’s major awards; Best Director award, Best Screenplay and the Best Actress award.
In February, 2015, “Factory Girl” swept 6 awards from the 41st Egyptian Film Association Festival. The film earned the Excellence Award for director Mohamed Khan; a Special Jury Award; Best Actressaward for Yasmin Raeis; Best Supporting Actress for Salwa Khatab; Best Screenplay award for Wessam Suleiman; Best Film Editing award for Dina Farouk.
Adding to its festival screenings in a string of highly prestigious international film festivals, “Factory Girl” had its North American
premiere at Montreal World Film Festival in Canada, and then was part of the ANA Contemporary Arab Cinema Festival in New
York. On November 9th, 2014, “Factory Girl” concluded the screenings of Twin Cities Arab Film Festival in
Minnesota, USA, which was held under the patronage of Mizna.
The film was also screened as part of Shanghai International Film Festival and at the opening
ceremony of the Arab Film Festival in Seoul, Korea. Also, the film has taken part at the 20th Kolkata Film Festivalin India within Focus: Arabian Countries section, which showcased 7 films from the Arab world that
achieved artistic triumphs at international film festivals.
Moreover, Mohamed Khan’s “Factory Girl” was showcased at Safar: A Journey Through Popular Arab Cinema in London, which took place at the Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA). The film has also
been part of the 34th African Film Festival of Verona in Italy within Panorama Africa competition, which
encompassed 10 African feature-length films.Following its screening at Franco Arab Film Festival in Jordon, Factory Girl was featured at Carthage Film Festival within Special Sessions section.
The film received financial support from a total of 7 entities including: Dubai International Film Festival’s Enjaaz,Abu Dhabi Film Festival’s Sanad Fund, GIZ institution, Global Film Initiative,Women in Film Foundation and the Ministry of Culture’s Filmmaking Fund. The film was also produced by Wika and Middle West Films
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