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.
Stéphan Couturier, Yann Malcor
Jozef van Wissem
Nisrin Erradi, Nisrine Benchara, Rayhan Guaran
Petit Film (France)
Amélie Jacquis, Jean des Forêts
Mont Fleuri Productions (Morocco)
Need Productions (Belgium)
Géraldine Sprimont, Anne-Laure Guégan
Key Films (Netherlands)
Deuxième Ligne Films (France)
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.
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.
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).
€2 100 000
€1 984 000
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
October – November 2021 – Casablanca, Sidi Ifni, Trafaout, Aglou, Morocco
Late Spring 2022
Shooting wraps on November 6 2021