Magazine article Screen International

Huppert Makes Arab Bow in Taia's Treasure

Magazine article Screen International

Huppert Makes Arab Bow in Taia's Treasure

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The $1.6m feature is one of several high-profile projects that are seeking completion funding as part of the Dubai Film Connection co-production forum. Representing the film here is Roman Paul, co-head of Razor Films, the Berlin production company involved in both Paradise Now and Wadjda.

Taïa, the Moroccan writer and filmmaker, said Huppert will play the role of the newly destitute Janine who goes in search of hidden treasure in Morocco's Atlas Mountains, accompanied by her building's superintendent.

"It's a confrontation between two worlds, the Orient and the West, in a French postcolonial Morocco," explained Taïa. This will be his second narrative feature after his adaptation of his own largely autobiographical novel Salvation Army that told the story of a gay man negotiating his way through family, desire and the sexual power play behind Arab-European intimacy. …

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