"Factory Girl" sweeps six awards at the Egyptian Film Association Festival

Published February 9th, 2015 - 03:52 GMT

Released in 2014, the Factory Girl by the acclaimed Egyptian filmmaker Mohamed Khan has already received over 15 awards during the national and international festivals.

It's success is underscored once again by six awards earned during the 41st edition of the Egyptian Film Association Festival. The awards will be given during the official closing ceremony of the festival, on 14 February.

The film earned the Excellence Award for director Mohamed Khan; a Special Jury Award; Best Actress award for Yasmeen El-Raees Raeis; Best Supporting Actress for Salwa Khattab; Best Screenplay award for Wessam Soliman; Best Film Editing award for Dina Farouk.

Among previous prestigious awards earned by the movie are the International Federation of Film Critics (FIPRESCI) award for Arab Feature Competition during the Dubai International Film Festival; a Special Jury Prize from MEDFilm Festival in Italy, four major awards from 18th Egyptian National Film Festival, including the Best Director award, Best Screenplay and the Best Actress award.

The Factory Girl was Egypt's official submission to the Best Foreign Language Film category at the 87th Academy Awards (Oscars).

The film will be released across many cities in Sweden starting 24 April 2015, according to announcement released by the Malmo Arab Film Festival.

The Factory Girl stars Yasmeen El-Raees as 21-year-old textile factory worker Hayam. Shedding light on the hardships endured by Egypt's working class, the film gives a nod to acclaimed Egyptian actress Souad Hosni, who died in 2001. The film also stars Hany Adel, Salwa Khattab, Salwa Mohamed Aly and Ibtehal El-Serety. 

Khan is one of Egypt's most acclaimed filmmakers. At 71 years old, three of his films — El-Harreef (The Street Player, 1984), Zawgat Ragol Mohem (The Wife of an Important Man, 1987) and Ahlam Hind wa Camilia (Dreams of Hind and Camilia, 1988) — were named among the "100 Greatest Arab Films" by the Dubai International Film Festival last year.

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