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DIVINES

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  • Disenchanted and unimpressed by the parameters of life in the slums of Paris, a fearless and ferocious teenager named Dounia unabashedly dreams of prosperity, not only for herself but also for her charismatic best friend and alcoholic mother. In her audacious pursuit of money, power and respect, she aligns herself with a ruthless gangster who uses her as a pawn to exact revenge on a rival drug lord. When their plan goes off the rails and escalates into violent territory, Dounia is forced to reconcile the allure of quietly escaping to the life of her dreams with the reality of the ramifications of her actions. Shot in a style that is at once melodic and discordant, DIVINES is a cinematic haiku of empowerment, youthful angst, racial inequality and the consequences of poverty. Winner of the Camera d'Or prize at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival, DIVINES is the feature film debut of director Houda Benyamina. –Yvonne Williams

  • After graduating from the Acting School for the Cannes Region, Houda Benyamina trained as a director with the 1000 Faces association, which she founded in 2006. She is the director of the shorts MA POUBELLE GÉANTE (2009) and SUR LA ROUTE DU PARADIS (2011). DIVINES is her feature debut.

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