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Papicha Dir. Mounia Meddour

  • France | Algeria
  • 106 mins
  • 2019
  • Drama
  • Colour

21:00 Mon 25 Nov 2019 Watergate Theatre €10 EXPIRED

16:30 Tue 26 Nov 2019 Watergate Theatre €10 EXPIRED

18:45 Wed 27 Nov 2019 Watergate Theatre €10 EXPIRED

21:15 Fri 29 Nov 2019 Watergate Theatre €12 EXPIRED

17:15 Sun 01 Dec 2019 Watergate Theatre €12 EXPIRED

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Main Cast: Lyna Khoudri, Shirine Boutella, Yasin Houicha

Entered as Best Foreign Film, 2020 Academy Awards

This debut feature from Mounia Meddour is one of the few films that got tongues wagging at the Cannes Film Festival 2019 and we are thrilled to present it at Subtitle. Papicha (which means ‘beautiful girl’) is set during the Algerian Civil War of the 1990s, also referred to as the ‘Black Decade’. It tells the story of a free-spirited, fashion-loving young student, Nedjma, whose freedom is increasingly curbed by sinister conservative forces, until there is nothing else to do but either rebel or leave — the kind of stark choice which resonates as much today as it ever did. The film fizzes with an energy and freshness that mark it out as special; one of the main reasons for this is the striking performance of Lyna Khoudri in the leading role and she will be in Kilkenny to present the film.