Cannes Director of ‘Four Daughters,’ Kaouther Ben Hania, Sets ‘Mimesis’

Kaouther Ben Hania, the Oscar-nominated director of “The Man Who Sold His Skin” whose newest movie “Four Daughters” is competing at this yr’s Cannes Film Festival, will subsequent direct “Mimesis,” an epic love story set in Tunisia.

While the plot is beneath wraps, the story is about in two completely different durations, the Nineties and the Nineteen Forties, paying tribute to cinema and Arab-Muslim cultural heritage. It’s being produced by Nadim Cheikhrouha at Tanit Films, who produced Ben Hania’s “Four Daughters” and her earlier movie “The Man Who Sold His Skin” which world premiered at Venice the place it gained greatest actor for Yahya Mahayni and was nominated for greatest worldwide movie on the Oscars in 2021.

Mahayn starred within the movie as a Syrian refugee who accepts to have a big Schengen visa, the doc he desperately must enter Europe, tattooed on his again by a well-known artist, thus turning into a human paintings to be exhibited in a Brussels museum.

“Four Daughters,” which can also be politically minded, weaves documentary and fiction, exploring the story of Tunisia’s Olfa Hamrouni who rose to worldwide prominence in April 2016 when she publicized the radicalization of her two teenage daughters who had left Tunisia to battle with ISIS.

The sole Arab movie entry of the competitors, “Four Daughter” is headlined by Egyptian-Tunisian star Hend Sabri within the function of an actor attempting to play Hamrouni with the assistance of the true Olfa.

“Mimesis” will likely be co-produced by Lassaad and Rafik Kilani in addition to Sarah Chazelle and Etienne Ollagnier, co-owners of Jour2Fête, who will even deal with the movie’s distribution in France. The film has already secured help from Région Ile-de-France, Red Sea Fund and ART. It will begin capturing subsequent yr.

“We are thrilled to launch pre-sales for this ambitious and romanesque project which also explores the power of image. And to pursue our collaboration with Kaouther, especially on this project where she maintains a strong and demanding filmmaking style,” stated Samuel Blanc and Estelle De Araujo, co-heads of gross sales at The Party Films Sales.

Also in Cannes, The Party Film Sales is showcasing “Mambar Pierrette,” a poignant portrayal of a
Cameroonian girl by Rosine Mbakam which is enjoying at Directors’ Fortnight. The banner can also be screening Pascal Plisson’s new movie “We Have a Dream” on the market.

Nick Vivarelli contributed to this report.

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