Spring Grants 2017
Current project status: COMPLETED
Algeria, 1990s—Nedjma is a free-spirited and independent young student. She refuses to allow the tragic events of the Algerian Civil War keep her from experiencing a normal young woman’s life. She dreams of becoming a fashion designer, goes to university, and sneaks out at night to dance her sorrows away with her friend Wassila. Nedjma embraces life with open arms, but as the social climate becomes more conservative, she rejects the new bans set by the radicals and decides to fight for her freedom and independence by putting on a fashion show. During her personal journey of resistance, Nedjma will discover that the celebration of life is tragically often to be paid for in death.
- Mounia Meddour
- Mounia Meddour
- Xavier Gens, Gregoire Gensollen
About the Director
Mounia Meddour was born and raised in Algeria. At the age of 18, she moved to France with her family as a result of death threats they received during the Algerian Civil War. Mounia studied Journalism and Film in Paris, where she also joined the summer directing programme at La Fémis. She has directed five documentaries. Her first short film, ‘Edwige’ (2011), won the Ciné+ Award at the Saint-Jean- de-Luz Festival, the UniFrance Short Film Award, and the Grand Jury Award at the Festival du Premier Court- Métrage de Pontault-Combault. In 2012, the film was selected for the Dubai International Film Festival, the Gulf Film Festival and the Festival de Cannes. Her current project, ‘Papicha’, received development funding from the Centre national du cinema et de l’image animée (CNC) as well as the Sopadin Screenwriting Award.
Production Company Profile
Together with feature film director Xavier Gens, Gregoire Gensollen founded The Ink Connection in 2010. Through their Paris and Los Angeles based production company, they are creating, developing and packaging a slate of international co-productions to be directed by Xavier Gens as well as other foreign directors. In 2011, they delivered their first feature film production, 'The Divide', directed by Xavier Gens, released theatrically in the US by Anchor Bay in 2012. In 2016, they delivered their second feature film, 'Where is Rocky II?', directed by renowned French contemporary artist Pierre Bismuth, also known for winning the Best Original Screenplay Academy Award for 'Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind'. This French-German-Belgian-Italian coproduction premiered in 2016 at Hot Docs Film Festival in Toronto, then opened Art Basel’s Film Program in 2016 and played at numerous film festivals such as Locarno, Rotterdam, CPH:DOX. It also won the “Prix Nouvelles Vagues” at La Roche-Sur-Yon as well as the FILAF d’Or at the Festival International du Livre d’Art et du Film in Perpignan in the past year. In 2017, they coproduced their third feature film 'Cold Skin', directed by Xavier Gens, with Spanish producers Kanzaman.
Awards and Festival History
"Un Certain Regard, Festival de Cannes 2019 (WP)
Karlovy Vary FF 2019
Warsaw FF 2019
Cinema Mediterraneen de Bruxelles 2019
Cinemania FF 2019
Festival du film français d'Helvétie 2019
Festival de Cine de Valladolid (Seminci) 2019
Cork FF 2019
"Best Arab Narrative Film, El Gouna FF 2019
BEST FIRST FILM and BEST FEMALE NEWCOMER (Lyna Khoudri), 2020 Cesar Awards
Algeria's Official Submission for the 2020 Academy Awards - 2019 Best Foreign Language Film Race "