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Coming Forth by Day

Director: Hala Lotfy
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The film was selected by the Dubai International Film Festival as one of the 100 Most Important Arab Films.
The World Cinema Fund (WCF) selected Coming Forth by Day as the first film to stream on its latest initiative WCF on Demand, a video on demand (VOD) platform allowing international audiences to watch the films supported by the fund.
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2012/ Egypt96 min/ Drama
Original Title
Al Khoroug Lel Nahar
SYNOPSIS
The film tells the story of a poor family living in a shabby neighborhood on the outskirts of Cairo. The pillar of the family, a single 30-year-old woman, finds it difficult to express her feelings and dreams, while she spends her time only taking care of her wheelchair-bound father and mother who works as a nurse.
CAST
Donia Maher
Salma Al-Naggar
Ahmad Lutfi
CREW
Screenwriter: Hala Lotfy
DOP: Mahmoud Lotfy
Editor: Heba Othman
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Production Company(ies)
Hassala Films
NY Consultancy
Producer(s)
Hala Lotfy
film festivals
Berlin International Film Festival, Germany
British Film Institute (BFI), UK
Luxor African Film Festival (LAFF), Egypt
Ayam Beirut Al Cinema'iya, Lebanon
Tetouan International Mediterranean Film Festival, Morocco
Bird Eye View Film Festival, UK
Arab Camera Festival Rotterdam, The Netherlands
Arab and Mediterranean Film Festival of Catalonia, Spain
Cairo International Women's Film Festival, Egypt
International Film Festival Transsaharien, Morocco
Panorama of the European Film, Egypt
Abu Dhabi Film Festival, UAE
Carthage Film Festival (JCC), Tunisia
Oran International Arabic Film Festival, Algeria
African, Asian and Latin American Film Festival (FESCAAAL), Italy
Alexandria Film Festival for Mediterranean Countries, Egypt
Kazan International Film Festival, Republic of Tatarstan
Film Society Festival For Egyptian Cinema, Egypt
Thessaloniki International Film Festival, Greece
film awards
FIPRESCI Award at the Abu Dhabi Film Festival, UAE
Bronze Tanit at the Carthage Film Festival (JCC), Tunisia
Golden Lion at the Oran International Arabic Film Festival, Algeria
Best African Film at the African, Asian and Latin American Film Festival (FESCAAAL), Italy
Best Director, Best Film, and a Certificate of Appreciation at the Alexandria Film Festival for Mediterranean Countries, Egypt
Best Director Award at the Kazan International Film Festival, Republic of Tatarstan
Best Sound and Best Directorial Debut at the Film Society Festival For Egyptian Cinema, Egypt
Special Mention for Cinematography at the Thessaloniki International Film Festival, Greece
Quotes
“A new Egyptian writer-director shows considerable promise in a patience-tester that will be popular with critics and festival-programmers but prove much too static for most viewers.” Neil Young - Variety

“Coming Forth By Day is an intense study of a day in the life of an Egyptian family grappling with poverty and disease.” Sara Elkamel - Ahram Online

“It's an aching art house-style film.” Kristen Allen - Der Spiegel