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Honey Cigar

Spring Grant 2013 - Development Stage

Kamir Aïnouz / Feature Narrative / Algeria, France, Belgium, Qatar / 2020 / 90 min / Original Language: Arabic, Berber, French / Interests: Coming of Age, Women Issues, Drama


Paris, 1993—Selma, 17, lives in a bourgeois and secular Berber family in the suburbs. When she meets Julien, a forward young man in college, she realizes for the first time how the heavy rules of the patriarchy directly affect her intimacy. She decides to resist and fight. As Selma discovers the power and dangers of her own desire, her family starts to crumble, and Islamism takes over her country of origin. Inspired by the ancient strength of her people, Selma sets out on the perilous journey to become a free woman.


Kamir Aïnouz
Kamir Aïnouz
Christine Rouxel, Marie Castille, Mention Schaar
Production Company
Eliph Productions
Production Company
Eliph Productions

About the Director

Born and raised in Paris of Algerian parents, Kamir Aïnouz studied screenwriting at UCLA and attended directing workshops at USC. Since 2008, she has worked as a screenwriter on feature films including the American remake of the French comedy ‘LOL’ (2012) and the adaptation of Camilla Läckberg’s bestselling Swedish novel ‘The Ice Princess’ for French studio UGC. ‘Honey Cigar’ is her first original script and her directorial debut.


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    Kamir Aïnouz

    +33 633 066 400

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