Queens

Yasmine Benkiran
France - Morocco - Belgium - Netherlands - Qatar

Synopsis

Casablanca, Morocco.
A trio of women with the police on their tail embarks on a long escape that takes them across the rugged red terrain and flower-filled valleys of the Atlas to finally reach the Atlantic coast.

Fiction
1st feature
Director of photography

Pierre Aïm

Editor

Stéphan Couturier, Yann Malcor

Music Composer

Jozef van Wissem

Main Cast

Nisrin Erradi, Nisrine Benchara, Rayhan Guaran

Production

Petit Film (France)
Amélie Jacquis, Jean des Forêts
amelie@petit-film.com

Co-production

Mont Fleuri Productions (Morocco)
Saïd Hamich

Need Productions (Belgium)
Géraldine Sprimont, Anne-Laure Guégan

Key Films (Netherlands)
Hanneke Niens

Deuxième Ligne Films (France)
Marie Dubas

International Sales

Kinology (France)
Grégoire Melin
gmelin@kinology.eu

Distributor

Tandem (France)
Mathieu Robinet
bonjour@tandemfilms.fr

Director’s statement

Queens questions various woman figures of this yet unresolved era. Asma is facing a choice: remain a quietly obedient virginal effigy, or emancipate yourself at the cost of attracting scorn and disgrace? An urgent, spontaneous choice that will push her over the brink.
Freedom comes at a cost: it will turn Asma into outlaw.

Biographies

Yasmine Benkiran
Yasmine Benkiran
Director

Yasmine Benkiran grew up on the Moroccan Atlantic coast. She writes for both television and cinema. She is also the author of two books about Morocco and of a historical series of podcasts. In 2018, Yasmine directed her first short film, Winter Time (Tangier IFF, Off-courts Trouville). Queens is her first feature film as a director.

Amélie Jacquis
Amélie Jacquis
Producer

Petit Film produces and co-produces French and foreign films. The choices, based on perfectly subjective criteria, gradually constitute a genre-agnostic and eclectic catalogue.
Among its recent titles: Earwig by Lucile Hadzihalilovic (2022), The Family by Fabien Gorgeart (2022), The Girl with a Bracelet by Stéphane Demoustier (2020), Diane Has the Right Shape by Fabien Gorgeart (2017), Raw by Julia Ducournau (2017).

Total budget

€2 100 000

Financing secured

€1 984 000

Partners attached

CCM, Eurimages, TaxShelter.be, Netherlands Filmfonds, CNC Aide aux Cinémas du Monde, Normandie Images, Fédération Wallonie Bruxelles, Kinology, Screen.Brussels, DGD, Doha Film Institute, Proximus, Be TV, Media Creative Europe, AFAC, Angoa, September Films

Shooting period and locations

October – November 2021 – Casablanca, Sidi Ifni, Trafaout, Aglou, Morocco

Expected delivery

Late Spring 2022

Stage of post-production

Shooting wraps on November 6 2021

Looking for

Gap financing  

Other Films in production or post-production