Honey Cigar

Cigare au miel

61st TIFF: Greek premiere

Selma, a 17-year-old French-Algerian girl of a secular family, lives in a posh Parisian neighborhood. When she falls for her classmate, Julien, while her parents are devising matchmaking plans, it dawns on her for the first time that patriarchy is far from absent in her life. A tale of sexual awakening, pulsating with teenage angst, that draws parallels between a young woman’s struggle for emancipation and the dismal political scenery in the early 90s Algeria.

Screening Schedule

No physical screenings scheduled.

Direction: Kamir Aïnouz
Script: Kamir Aïnouz
Cinematography: Jeanne Lapoirie
Editing: Albertine Lastera
Sound: Melissa Petitjean, Laurent Benaïm, Héléna Reveillere, Corinne Dubien
Music: Julie Roué
Actors: Zoé Adjani, Amira Casar, Lyes Salem, Louis Peres, Idir Chender
Production: Eliph Productions, Willow Films
Producers: Christine Rouxel, Marie-Castille Mention-Schaar
Co-production: Les films du Fleuve, Les Productions du Ch’timi, Les Films du Mirakle, M.D. Ciné
Sets: Angelo Zamparutti
Format: DCP
Color: Color
Production Country: France, Algeria, Belgium
Production Year: 2020
Duration: 100΄
Contact: Best Friend Forever

Kamir Aïnouz

Born in Paris of Algerian parents, Kamir Aïnouz lived for seven years in Los Angeles, where she studied Film Writing at UCLA and participated in various filmmaking workshops at USC School of Cinematic Arts. Sister of renowned Brazilian-Algerian director Karim Aïnouz, Kamir has been inspired by her dual Algerian and French culture. She has also worked as a screenwriter for cinema and television, notably on the US remake of Lol by Lisa Azuelos. Honey Cigar is her directorial debut.


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