DIVINES
2016, Netflix, 105 min, France/ Qatar, Dir: Houda Benyamina

Houda Benyamina won the Camera d'Or prize at Cannes for this hard-hitting feature debut. Streetwise teen Dounia (Oulaya Amamra) and her best friend Maimouna (Déborah Lukumuena) live in an immigrant slum on the outskirts of Paris, with few prospects for the future. The two fall into the orbit of local drug dealer Rebecca (Jisca Kalvanda), whose flashy lifestyle proves as dangerous as it is alluring.


PARTY GIRL
2014, Distrib Films, 95 min, France, Dir: Marie Amachoukeli, Claire Burger, Samuel Theis

Angélique (a marvelous Angélique Litzenburger) works as a bar hostess at a cabaret on the French-German border. At 60, she still enjoys the nightlife, though fewer men are attracted to her – except for Michel (Joseph Bour), a retired miner who surprises her with a marriage proposal. Winner of the Un Certain Regard Ensemble Prize at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival. In French with English subtitles.


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