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Factory Girl Wraps up a Prosperous Year following Its Cinematic Release across the Arab World

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Yasmin Raeis Reaped 4 Awards on Her Role in the Film

Factory Girl Wraps up a Prosperous Year following Its Cinematic Release across the Arab World


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 the genius of an adroit harmonious team and the great efforts that have been put by the marketing and distribution team.

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 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 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 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 revealed soon.

This month, Factory Girl is taking part at the 10th International Oriental Film Festival of Geneva within Longs-M├ętrages. Marking its 17th participation at an international film festival, director Mohamed Khan is attending the festival.

Factory Girl has taken part the European Film Market (EFM) within the 65th Berlin 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 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, 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 festival. Concurrently, Factory Girl was a great success in Egyptian theaters, and carried on its flourishing commercial tour across 6 Arab countries, as well as Ramallah, Palestinian territories.

The film's star, Yasmin Raeis, reaped the Best Actress Award at Malmo Arab Film Festival in Sweden, and its 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; 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 Actress award 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 participations 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 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 Festival in 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.