Lyna Khoudri: “Papicha is a bit like my father”

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Lyna Khoudri received the César for best female hope in 2020 for this film.

France Télévisions continues its special cycle Cannes film festival. Tonight, when Lyna Khoudri come to present Novemberby Cedric Jimenezout of competition as part of the 75th edition, France 4 will rebroadcast papichathe film by Mounia Meddour which revealed her to the general public: it first won her an interpretation prize at the Angoulême festival, then a César, that of the best female hope, in 2020. She has since filmed for Olivier Nakache and Eric Tolédano (Out of Standards), Wes Anderson (The French Dispatch) or even Martin Bourboulon, since she will be Constance Bonacieux in its two-part adaptation of Three Musketeers.

In Cannes, she is also at the heart of the drama Our Brothersby Rachid Bouchareb (Native), screened as part of a new selection entitled Cannes Première. To wait until the replay of papicha, we are republishing the words of the actress, who presented this film to us in 2019, both on video and in the pages of our magazine. Flashback.

Our Brothers: first images with Reda Kateb and Lyna Khoudri

The desire to play made its way unconsciously.

This daughter of a journalist and a violin teacher never imagined herself as an actress, until the day when director Nora Hamidi asked her if she had ever thought of being an actress. A click that leads her to film school in Nanterre… which she quickly leaves. “I understood that I didn’t want to be behind the camera but in front!” From then on, it will be faultless. She enters the TNS [théâtre national de Strasbourg]feasts on stage where anyone who has been able to admire him in Actress by Pascal Rambert keeps an unforgettable memory of it, and sees his film debut in The Blessed awarded in Venice.

Papicha: César for best first film deserved for the film by Mounia Meddour

Papicha is a bit like my father.

With Papicha, she enters a new dimension by portraying a student who dreams of being a stylist in the violent Algeria of the 90s. A film that echoes her life since she was born in Algeria at the heart of these events that her father, threatened with death , had to flee. “We even shot in the amphitheater where my parents met.” Nourished, but never overwhelmed by these strong emotions, she admirably sets the tempo of this luminous film.

The crushing machine of the cinema scared me a little.”

We just saw her in The Savages and Outstanding. We will then find it in The French Dispatch by Wes Anderson. A whirlwind. “But I was lucky to come across filmmakers in line with the actress I want to be.” This admirer of Kechiche and Maiwenn lives up to her great ambitions. The César of the revelation 2020 has found its favorite.

After Papicha, Lyna Khoudri finds Mounia Meddour for her film Houria

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