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Top 150 Most Anticipated Foreign Films of 2019: #92. Mignonnes – Maïmouna Doucouré

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Top 150 Most Anticipated Foreign Films of 2019: #92. Mignonnes – Maïmouna Doucouré


French director Maïmouna Doucouré won a Global Filmmaking Award at the Sundance Film Festival in 2017 for the screenplay of her first feature Mignonnes, which should be ready to premiere in 2019. Produced by Sylvain De Zangroniz through Bien ou Bien Productions, a cast of non-professionals is joined by Maïmouna Gueye (of Rachid Bouchareb’s Belleville Cop, 2018). Doucouré won both a Cesar, a Grand Jury Prize at Sundance and was a TIFF favorite for her celebrated 2015 short film, Maman(s).

Gist: Co-written by Alice Winocour, Nathalie Saugeon and Valentine Milville, pre-teenager Amy discovers in her new elementary school a group of dancers called: “Les Mignonnes”. Fascinated, she begins a sexy dance, the twerk, hoping to join their band and escape a family upheaval.

Release Date/Prediction: Doucouré wrapped three months of production in early November 2018. We predict a premiere in Un Certain Regard at the 2019 Cannes Film Festival.

Los Angeles based Nicholas Bell is's Chief Film Critic and covers film festivals such as Sundance, Berlin, Cannes and TIFF. He is part of the critic groups on Rotten Tomatoes, The Los Angeles Film Critics Association (LAFCA), FIPRESCI, the Online Film Critics Society (OFCS) and GALECA. His top 3 for 2023: The Beast (Bonello) Poor Things (Lanthimos), Master Gardener (Schrader). He was a jury member at the 2019 Cleveland International Film Festival.

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