'‘Queens’ Director Develops Spy Film on Death of Oriental

Spy Film on Death of Oriental

Moroccan-born French

director Yasmine Benkiran, whose feature debut “Queens” opened at Venice and is playing at the

Benkiran is

set to continue exploring complex female characters which her upcoming projects, including a spy movie

The project,

which has received support from the Ile de France region, is set in 1950’s Cairo,

The story

revolves around Zeyna, a makeup artist who is investigating the mysterious death of Amal El

“Asmahan was

an amazing actress and singer whose fame was compared with that of Marilyn Monroe and

The film

will be set against the rich backdrop of Egypt’s history and colorful entertainment world

She added

that she was drawn to tell this story after reading Fatima Mernissi’s book “Rê

As for

inspiring female characters, they were “very rare” in Moroccan movies

“Science fiction,

action, fantasy, horror films can also be political, not just social dramas,” she said

Benkiran, who

attended the Moroccan premiere of the film at the Marrakech festival, said she was moved

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