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Honey Cigar

Directed by
Kamir Aïnouz

Status . Completed

Country . France, Algeria

Original Title . Cigare au Miel

Year . 2020

Language . French, Berber

Domestic Release . Paname Distribution

Genre . Coming of Age

Runtime . 100

Paris, 1993.

Selma, 17, lives in a bourgeois and secular Berber family. When she meets and is strongly attracted to Julien, a dashing young man, she realizes for the first time the heavy rules of her patriarchal family and how they affect her intimacy.

As Islamism takes over her country of origin and her family crumbles, Selma discovers the power of her own desire. She must resist and fight. Through the strength of her people, she starts walking down the path of what it means to become a free woman.

DIRECTOR

Born in Paris of Algerian parents, Kamir Aïnouz lived seven years in Los Angeles where she studied film writing at UCLA and participated in various filmmaking workshops at USCSchool of Cinematic Arts. Sister of renowned Brazilian-Algerian director Karim Aïnouz, Kamir has been developing original content inspired by her dual Algerian and French culture.

She has also worked as a screenwriter for cinema and television, notably on “Lol USA” by Lisa Azuelos.

« Honey Cigar » is her directorial debut. Her original script was selected at the Rawi Screenwriters Lab with the Sundance Institute and awarded the Fondation Beaumarchais-SACD cinema grant.

CAST & CREW

CAST

Zoé Adjani
Amira Casar (At Eternity’s Gate, Call me by your Name)
Lyes Salem (Abou Leila, The Man from Oran)
Louis Peres (How I Became a Super Hero)


PRODUCERS

Christine Rouxel (Houba! On the Trail of the Marsupilami, Babies)
Marie-Castille Mention-Schaar (Heaven Will Wait, Once in a Lifetime)

Coproduced by Luc et Jean-Pierre Dardenne, Delphine Tomson, Dany Boon, Malek Ali Yahia


DOP

Jeanne Lapoirie


EDITOR

Albertina Lastera

FESTIVALS AND AWARDS

VENICE GIORNATE DEGLI AUTORI - OPENING FILM

“In the headstrong Selma, viewers may
see shades of Lady Bird. In the plight of a
young woman seeking liberation, Mustang
might also spring to mind. Honey Cigar
should earn a continued audience.”

“Adjani is
impressively
natural.”