Maïmouna Doucouré's Hawa on its way to Toronto
- Produced by Bien ou Bien Productions for Amazon, the second feature film from the director first revealed with Cuties will be unveiled in the Platform competition of the Canadian festival
Following a spectacular entrance into the universe of feature filmmaking with Cuties [+see also:
interview: Maïmouna Doucouré
film profile] (winner of the Best Director World Cinema Dramatic award at the 2020 Sundance film festival followed by a Special Mention in Generation Kplus in Berlin, nominated for the César and Lumière awards for Best Feature Debut in 2021), Maïmouna Doucouré will reveal her second feature film, Hawa [+see also:
film profile], in the Platform competition of the 47th Toronto International Film Festival (from 8 to 18 September) (read the news).
Described by the festival as "a Capraesque tale about an adolescent seeking an audience with Michelle Obama” that “dismantles boundaries of status and decorum and celebrates the power of self-determination,” the film stars Sania Halifa, Oumou Sangaré and Yseult.
Written by the director, the script centres on Hawa, a 15-year-old girl looking for a new mentor after her grand-mother, whom she lives with, falls seriously ill. When she learns that an international star is visiting France, she embarks on an impossible quest to try and convince this celebrity to adopt her…
Hawa was produced by Zangro (Bien ou Bien Productions) for Amazon.
(Translated from French)
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