Mohamed Khan’s Factory Girl has been selected as Egypt’s submission to the best foreign-language film category of the Academy Awards.
The Egyptian Film Syndicate formed a committee to select the film, which included renowned directors Ali Badrakhan, Ali Abdel Khalek and Mohamed El Naggar; film critics Tarek El Shenawy, Rami Abdel Razak and Ahmed Shawky; along with music composer Rageh Daoud, DoP Kamal Abdel Aziz and production designers Fawzy Al Awamry and Onsy Abu Youssef.
Factory Girl also recently received the Best Writing Award for Wessam Soliman at Morocco’s Sala Women Film Festival. It is currently participating in the feature film competition at the 4th Malmo Arab Film Festival in Sweden.
Produced by Mohamed Samir’s DayDream Art Production, the film tells the story of a young factory worker who falls in love with her boss and creates a scandal when a pregnancy testing kid is found in the factory.
Factory Girlhad its world premiere at last year’s Dubai International Film Festival, where it won best actress for Yasmin Raeis’ performance in the Muhr Arab Feature Competition., as well as theFIPRESCI award
One of the few Egyptian independent films to achieve box-office success in its home territory, Factory Girl also screened at the Shanghai International Film Festival, Montreal World Film Festival, Franco Arab Film Festival in Jordan and Arab Film Festival in Seoul, among other festivals.
It also won a Special Jury Prize at Italy’s MEDFilm Festival in July, where it was screened at the opening gala.