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by Houda Benyamina


The story revolves around 15-year-old Dounia, who lives with her mother on the Les Pyramides estate, where she is known by the nickname “bâtarde” (“Bastard”). She builds up a protective tomboy image for herself and resolves to become a big shot in the neighbourhood. An intense friendship and a passionate love affair will then force her to face up to her contradictions.

international title: Divines
original title: Divines
country: France
sales agent: Films Boutique
year: 2016
genre: fiction
directed by: Houda Benyamina
film run: 105'
release date: FR 31/08/2016
screenplay: Romain Compingt, Houda Benyamina, Malik Rumeau
cast: Oulaya Amamra, Majdouline Idrissi, Déborah Lukumuena, Kévin Mischel
cinematography by: Julien Poupard
costumes designer: Alice Cambournac
music: Demusmaker
producer: Marc-Benoît Créancier
production: Easy Tiger, France 2 Cinéma
backing: CNC (advance on receipts, Images of Diversity Fund), CGET (General Commission for the Equality of Territories), Centre and Ile-de-France regions, Groupe Ouest, Procirep-Angoa, Doha Film Institute, Dubai Film Connection, Gan Foundation, Cofinova Sofica
distributor: Diaphana Distribution


main awards/selection

Cannes Film Festival 2016Directors' Fortnight, Caméra d'Or
Toronto International Film Festival 2016
BFI London Film Festival 2016
Festival International du Film Francophone de Namur 2016

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