Marking Her Second Award for Her Role in Factory Girl
Yasmine Raeis Wins the Best Actress Award at Malmo Arab Film Festival in Sweden
Egyptian actress Yasmine Raeis won the Best Actress award at Malmo Arab FilmFestival where it was received by Khaled Abol Naga on behalf of Raeis.
Granted for her astounding performance in Mohamed Khan's masterpiece Factory Girl, the award marks Raeis's second prize following the Best Actress award received at Dubai International Film 2013 within the Muhr Arab Feature where the film had its world premiere.
Opening the festival's 4th edition in Malmo, Sweden, the event represents one of the preeminent cultural platforms for Arabs in Scandinavian countries. The festival's main objective is to promote understanding and cultural exchange between the Arabic-speaking and other ethnic groups in Sweden through the screening of films from across the Arab world. Offering sumptuous opportunity for hundreds of up-and-coming Arab filmmakers by introducing their work to the international audience, the festival showcases nearly 100 Arabic films from cross 30 foreign and Arab countries. Alongside film screenings, the festival also hosts a string of workshops and panel discussions, which aspires to open a fruitful dialogue on the issues of film industry and its reflections on society.
Starring Yasmin Raeis, 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 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 examines the changes that take place in her life over the four seasons of the year. From falling in love to facing heartbreak, her life comes around full circle by the end of the year.