A committee formed from members of the Egypt Cinema Syndicate has chosen Mohamed Khan's Factory Girl to be the official entry for the Oscar's Best Foreign Language Film 2015, according to the movie's fan page.
The Foreign Language Film Award Committee selects nine films from the selected scores to become official contenders in the 87th edition of the race.
The third collaboration between Khan and scriptwriter Wissam Soliman deals with interweaving themes and triggers paradoxical emotions. It is about the “rosy” dreams that make life possible, but that are also often crushed by a classist, patriarchal and judgmental society.
The film 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.
Every year, the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences invites film industries in various countries to submit their best film to compete in the Best Foreign Language Film category.