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Filming on Mounia Meddour’s Houria enters the home straight

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- The director of Papicha has brought together Lyna Khoudri, Amira Hilda Douaouda and Rachida Brakni in the cast of her The Ink Connection and High Sea production, sold by Wild Bunch International

Filming on Mounia Meddour’s Houria enters the home straight
Actress Lyna Khou­dri (© Jean-François Robert/Unifrance)

Filming will wrap on 30 October in Marseille for the French part of the shoot on Houria, the second feature film by Mounia Meddour after Papicha [+see also:
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(Un Certain Regard in 2019 in Cannes and winner of the 2020 César award for Best Feature Debut). After beginning on 20 September, filming will end at the end of the year with one week in North Africa.  

In the cast, the filmmaker once again selects Lyna Khoudri (winner of the 2020 Most Promising Actress César award for Papicha and of the Orizzonti award for Best Actress in Venice in 2017 for Blessed [+see also:
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; well-received in Gagarin [+see also:
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, The French Dispatch [+see also:
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and Secret Name [+see also:
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interview: Aurélia Georges
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, in French cinemas on 10 November in Haute couture [+see also:
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and next year in the diptych Les trois mousquetaires) and Amira Hilda Douaouda. The duo will be supported by, among others, Rachida Brakni (winner of the 2002 Lumière award for Most Promising Actress with Chaos, seen recently in Soeurs).

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Written by the director, the script is set in Algiers where Houria, a young and talented dancer in the making, is violently attacked by a former terrorist and ends up in hospital. Her dreams of a dancing career vanish. She must then accept and love her new body. Surrounded by a community of women, Houria will find a new meaning to her life by including dancing in the reconstruction and sublimating of wounded bodies…

Produced by Xavier Gens and Grégoire Gensollen for The Ink Connection and by Patrick André for High Sea Production, Houria is co-produced by France 2 Cinéma and Belgian company Scope Pictures. Pre-bought by France Télévisions, Canal+ and Ciné+, the feature film will be distributed in France by Le Pacte, with international sales handled by Wild Bunch International.

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(Translated from French)

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