Egyptian 'Khoroug Lel Nahar' wins at Algerian film festival
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Egyptian film ‘Khoroug Lel Nahar’ (Coming Forth By Day) by director Hala Lutfi has won the Golden Wihr for best feature film at the end of the sixth edition of the Oran Arab Film Festival in Algeria on 22 December.
Khoroug Lel Nahar is about the plight of a poor family in a working class suburb of Cairo, which includes a disabled father, a nurse, and a 30-year-old daughter who cares for her ill father. The film stars Dina Maher, Salma El-Nagar, and Ahmed Lutfi.
The film competed against 12 Arab feature films in the same category. The festival was held from 13 December to 22 December at the city of Oran, western Algeria as part of the country's celebration of its 50 years of independence from France.
Khoroug Lel Nahar debuted at this year's Abu Dhabi Film Festival in October. In its review, the Hollywood Reporter commented that, "Cinema is more than ready for an exciting new female auteur from the Arab world, and, on the basis of her long-gestating debut Coming Forth By Day (Khoroug Lel Nahar), Egyptian 39-year-old writer-director Hala Lutfi might well be it."