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.