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Papicha (2019)

Algiers, 1997. Terrorist wanting an Islamic and archaic state are everywhere. Women are oppressed, in a seek to take control of their bodies, clothing and public space. Young student Nedjma is passionate about making a fashion show.

Director:

Mounia Meddour

Writers:

Fadette Drouard (collaboration), Mounia Meddour (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Lyna Khoudri ... Nedjma 'Papicha'
Shirine Boutella Shirine Boutella ... Wassila
Amira Hilda Douaouda Amira Hilda Douaouda ... Samira
Yasin Houicha Yasin Houicha ... Mehdi
Zahra Manel Doumandji Zahra Manel Doumandji ... Kahina (as Zahra Doumandji)
Marwan Zeghbib Marwan Zeghbib ... Karim
Aida Ghechoud Aida Ghechoud ... Saliha
Meriem Medjkrane ... Linda
Samir El Hakim Samir El Hakim ... Mokhtar
Amine Mentseur Amine Mentseur ... Slimane
Khaled Benaïssa Khaled Benaïssa ... Abdellah
Abderrahmane Boudia Abderrahmane Boudia ... Le professeur
Malek Ghellamat Malek Ghellamat ... Sofia
Lina Boudraa Lina Boudraa ... Amel
Slimane Bourdous Slimane Bourdous ... Hittiste
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Storyline

Algiers, 1997. The country is in the hands of terrorist groups, seeking to establish an Islamic and archaic state. Women are particularly affected and oppressed by primitive diktas, who seek to take control of their bodies and control their passage through the public space. While a frenzied hunt for women unveiled is launched, Nedjma, a young student passionate about fashion, is determined to federate the girls of her campus to organize a fashion show braving all the forbidden.

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Country:

France | Algeria | Belgium | Qatar

Language:

French | Arabic

Release Date:

9 October 2019 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Lalka See more »

Filming Locations:

Algiers, Algeria See more »

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Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,978,385
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital (as Dolby 5.1)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39
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Trivia

Official submission of Algeria for the 'Best International Feature Film' category of the 92nd Academy Awards in 2020. See more »

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Featured in De quoi j'me mêle!: Episode #1.2 (2019) See more »

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Food and fabric
7 November 2019 | by cabassottiSee all my reviews

Nedjma doesn't know how to eat, as it is pointed out pretty early on the film. Her creative hunger makes her dirty, her mouth is always an image of excess: she attacks her mother's doughnuts, she disgustingly spits the school's milk, a drop of saliva hangs from her lip as she argue with her friend, and finally, after a very violent episode, she pushes red beets out of the ground and bites them, right there in the woods, revealing their brilliant reddish interiors. Later, this revealing scene is indirectly mocked by her boyfriend - one of the many internal rhymes on the film. Her mouth reveals: the mouth that eats, that speaks, that kisses. For 90's Algeria, the scandal this represents needs to be covered with dark fabric, and she responds with art made out of white fabric. Whole stories are told only with the sound of hands on cloth, no words needed. Food and fabric: it's a film aesthetically based on the material, and specifically on two types of material that are often linked with a certain idea of femininity. Instead of denying this aspect of womanhood, Ms. Meddour displaces them to a discours of rebellion and resistance.

Worth it.


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