Fall Grants 2019 - Production Stage
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Casablanca, Morocco. 27-year-old Zineb is a repeat offender behind bars. When she learns that her wild and fanciful nine-year-old daughter, Inès, has been expelled from school and sent to a children’s home, she escapes from prison, kidnaps her daughter, and heads south. On the road, she holds up a truck driven by the young Asma and takes her hostage. Zineb is loud spoken and unpredictable. Asma, on the other hand, is quiet and hardened to life. They appear to have nothing in common, but Inès’ fate brings them together in a mission to offer the child a proper future. The trio soon has the police on their tail, thus starting a long escape that takes them across the rugged red terrain and flower-filled valleys of the Atlas to finally reach the Atlantic coast.
- Yasmine Benkiran
- Yasmine Benkiran
- Jean des Forêts (Petit Film), Saïd Hamich (Mont Fleuri Productions)
About the Director
Yasmine Benkiran grew up on the Moroccan Atlantic coast and came to Paris when she was 18. As a screenwriter, she writes for both television and cinema. She is currently developing ‘Black Library’, an anthology television series of mixed genre (fantasy, psychological thriller, science-fiction) as well as ‘On the Nile’, an animated spy movie. In 2018, Yasmine directed her first short film, ‘Winter Time’ (Tangier IFF, Off-courts Trouville). She is now developing her first feature film as a director, ‘Queens’.
Production Company Profile
Founded in 2010, Petit Film is based in Paris. We produce and co-produce films from a selection of French and international directors, cineastes, visual artists, formalists and storytellers. At all times, we work in close
cooperation with distributors, sales agents and festivals.
Mont Fleuri Productions
After graduating from La Femis, Saïd Hamich founded Barney Production with the ambition of producing a popular and demanding auteur cinema. In 2012, he won the Lagardère Foundation Producer prize and founded Mont Fleuri Production in Casablanca in 2013. After producing numerous short films, Saïd Hamich produced ‘Much Loved’ by Nabil Ayouch, ‘Northern Wind’, Walid Mattar’s first feature, and ‘Volubilis’ by Faouzi Bensaïdi. He was also line producer of several features including ‘Hope’ by Boris Lojkine, ‘Neither Heaven nor Earth’ by Clément Cogitore, ‘Mon Legionnaire’ by Rachel Lang and ‘Des Hommes’ by Lucas Belvaux. In 2017, he directed his first feature ‘Return to Bollene’. He is currently producing several projects in France and Morocco, including ‘Zanka Contact’ by Ismaël El Iraki (in post-production), ‘Deserts’ by Faouzi Bensaïdi, ‘Le Marchand De Sable’ by Steve Achiepo, ‘Un 14 Juillet’ by Aurélie Cardin and Julia Cordonnier, and ‘Les Meutes’ by Kamal Lazraq. He is also co-producing with Petit Film the first feature film by Yasmine Benkiran, ‘Queens’.