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Honey Cigar

Spring Grant 2013 - Development Stage
Current project status: DEVELOPMENT

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

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.

Production Company Profile

Eliph Productions is a film and TV development and production company created in 2015 by Christine Rouxel. Eliph’s first production was Bryan Marciano’s generational series ‘Twenty-Five’, broadcast in October 2018 on OCS, which received the first prize for interpretation at the Festival Série Mania for the performance of its lead actor. Setting high production standards as a core value, both in themes addressed by its films and the originality of the director’s vision, Eliph Productions is now supporting and producing Kamir Aïnouz’s first movie, ‘Honey Cigar’. Eliph Productions is also producing David Oelhoffen’s ‘The Fourth Wall’, a powerful feature film that portrays the journey of a man who decides to set up up Anouilh’s Antigone in Beirut during the Lebanese war.


  • Main Contact

    Kamir Aïnouz

    +33 633 066 400

  • Production Company

    Eliph Productions

    Eliph Productions

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