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Caméra d'Or Cannes winner 'Divines' out now in France

Caméra d'Or Cannes winner 'Divines' out now in France
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By Christopher Cummins with Agencies
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Houda Benyamina's debut 'Divines' caused a splash at Cannes picking up the Caméra d'Or award. The film is out now in France.

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Houda Benyamina’s debut ‘Divines’ caused a spalsh at Cannes picking up the Caméra d’Or award.

The film is out now in France.

It follows the fortunes of two friends who crave money and power in a tough Parisian neighborhood.

Film – Divines: Drame – Dans un ghetto où se côtoient trafics et r…https://t.co/TSDWWXZp0k#filmspic.twitter.com/VTwI9cLuoe

— Films MovieMag (@FilmsMovieMag) August 20, 2016

Then a young dancer begins to draw one of the duo into a different world.

The director remembers the moment when she became addicted to art:
“I had a supervisor called Grégory Protsche who gave me ‘Medea’ by Pasolini and book called ‘Journey to the End of the Night’ and from then my anger served art.”

The film was inspired by the Paris riots of 2005 and the dubious values of Western society as Houda explains:“Dounia is a slave to the money God, she desires success and flashy cars and plans a dream trip to Phuket. But its necessary to reconnect to our spirituality, for me in the society we live we have to question our values.”

Energie pure chez 28minutes</a> ce soir, avec la réalisatrice de <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Divines?src=hash">#Divines</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/HoudaBenyamina">HoudaBenyamina & la comédienne OulayaAmamra</a> <a href="https://t.co/5Vy7ruJk5p">pic.twitter.com/5Vy7ruJk5p</a></p>&mdash; ARTE pro (ARTEpro) August 31, 2016

Houda has established a film workshop called 1,000 Faces, which provides young filmmakers access to professionals.

It was through the workshops that she was able to cast ‘Divines.’

The film is now out in France and plays at this years Toronto Film Festival.

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