×

Egypt Picks ‘Factory Girl’ As Its Foreign Oscar Candidate

Egypt has selected Mohamed Khan’s femme empowerment drama “Factory Girl,” about a sweatshop seamstress accused of losing her virginity, as its candidate for the foreign-language film Academy Award race.

Produced by young producer Mohamed Samir’s DayDream Art Production, the pic world-preemed last year at the Dubai fest where it picked up the best actress prize for protag Yasmin Raies. She plays a young woman slaving away in a Cairo textile factory who falls for the factory foreman which prompts pandemonium when a positive pregnancy test is found in the garbage at work, presumed to be hers. Pic has played well at the local box office.

The choice was made by a committee formed from members of the Egypt Cinema Syndicate.

Last year Egypt submitted Ibrahim El Batout’s hard-hitting drama “Winter of Discontent,” about the events that led up to the Tahrir Square uprising, after the country skipped submitting a contender in 2012 due to the post-revolutionary chaos.

Once the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences approves this year’s proposed foreign-language Oscar contenders, a select committee will whittle the submissions down to a short list of nine titles. Another committee then selects the five nominations to be announced Jan. 15. The Oscars will be held Feb. 22 at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood.

Popular on Variety

More Film

  • Judy & Punch review

    Damon Herriman Stands Out as 'The Nightingale' and 'Lambs of God' Lead AACTA Nominations

    Dark thriller, “The Nightingale” and miniseries “Lambs of God” lead the pack at the Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts Awards. In nominations announced on Wednesday, they picked up 15 and 18 nods, respectively. Jennifer Kent’s “The Nightingale” was one of six films nominated in the best film category. With others including Mirrah Foulkes’ [...]

  • Cardi B

    Cardi B Joins Vin Diesel in 'Fast & Furious 9'

    Cardi B has joined the cast of Universal’s “Fast & Furious 9” in an undisclosed role. It’s the rapper’s first movie part since her role as the stripper Diamond in STX’s drama “Hustlers.” Vin Diesel disclosed the casting Tuesday in a post on his Instagram account with a video that showed him and Cardi B [...]

  • James Wan

    Film News Roundup: James Wan's Horror Thriller 'Malignant' Gets August Release

    In today’s film news roundup, James Wan’s “Malignant” gets a late-summer release, a Rita Hayworth documentary is shooting and Women in Animation have announced diversity awards winners. RELEASE DATE Warner Bros. has set an Aug. 14 release date for James Wan’s horror thriller “Malignant.” Wan will direct the movie, based on a story by Wan [...]

  • Michael Shannon Benedict Cumberbatch Tuppence Middleton

    How Martin Scorsese Saved 'Current War' From Harvey Weinstein

    Director Alfonso Gomez-Rejon finally gets to release his version of his long-in-the-making “The Current War.” The film, about the competition between Thomas Edison and George Westinghouse, was originally set to be distributed by the Weinstein Company after Harvey Weinstein recut it, much to Gomez-Rejon’s chagrin. To make matters worse, Weinstein premiered the movie at the [...]

  • 42west logo

    42West Co-CEO Allan Mayer Hospitalized After Car Accident

    42West Co-CEO Allan Mayer is in the hospital due to injuries from an Oct. 17 car accident, Variety has confirmed. The public relations firm described the crash as “serious” and said that he had surgery on Oct. 20 to help repair multiple broken bones. “Allan and his family thank everyone for the outpouring of love and [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content