Continuing Its Successful Tour in Film Festivals
Hala Lotfy's Coming Forth by Day Part of Luxor Egyptian and European Film Festival
Egyptian prominent director Hala Lotfy's Coming Forth by Day participates in the 2nd Luxor Egyptian and European Film Festival, which runs starting today, January 19th to January 25th, 2014. The film is planned to release in theaters in Egypt and the Arab world in 2014.
Coming Forth by Day will screen as part of the festival's Egyptian Independent Cinema twice on Friday, January 24th, 2014; the first screening will be at 11:00 am at Luxor Cultural Palace, whereas the second will be at 06:30 pm at Luxor Conference Hall.
Within the framework of Luxor Egyptian and European Film Festival, director Hala Lotfy will be part of a discussion panel on independent filmmaking in Egypt on Tuesday, January 21st, 2014, at 12:00 pm. The panel's main focus will be on the increasing success of independent filmmaking in Egypt and its remarkable presence in various international festivals garnering many awards.
Co-produced by Hassala Films and NY Consultancy, Coming Forth by Day won a distribution grant from World Cinema Fund, an initiative supported by Berlin International Film Festival, in addition to winning several prizes in several international film festivals during 2012; such as FIPRESCI award for the Best Narrative Feature and the Best Director from the Arab World in Abu Dhabi Film Festival within the New Horizons competition, the Bronze Tanit at the Official Competition in Carthage Film Festival, the Golden Lion in Oran Arab Film Festival within the official competition, and the Best African Film award within the African Film Competition at African Film Festival in Milan.
Written and directed by Hala Lotfy, Coming Forth by Day tells the story of a poor family living in a shabby neighborhood 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 three awards at the Alexandria Mediterranean Countries Film Festival; Best Director Award as part of the Festival's International Competition, and within the Egyptian Film Panorama Competition two awards 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. November also witnessed the film's winning of Best Director Award in Kazan International Film Festival.
Coming Forth by Day landed 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.
The feature film participated in various international film festivals; it was screened as part of Emerging Directors section at the 6th Panorama of the European Film, Cairo that concluded its events December 2013. Also it was part of the 6th Cairo International Women┬┤s Film Festival in November, 2013. The film then traveled to Morocco to participate in the International Film Festival Transsaharien in Zagora in the same month that witnessed its screening in the British Film Institute (BFI), London, as part of Discover Arab Cinema program.
Coming Forth by Day screened also in Netherlands, Spain, and Greece where the film took part in the 54th Thessaloniki International Film Festival where the film received a Special Mention for Cinematography to Director of Photography Mahmoud Lotfy from the festival's international jury committee.
The film has been selected to be screened at the opening ceremony of the Arab Camera Festival Rotterdam, in November 2013, and in in the Arab and Mediterranean Film Festival of Catalonia in Spain, that concluded its events in November 10th, 2013.
Hala Lotfy's Coming Forth by Day proved its success by screening 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 which 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.