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Top 200 Most Anticipated Foreign Films of 2023: #127. Nora El Hourch’s HLM Pussy

Alexandre Chavance

Top 200 Most Anticipated Foreign Films of 2023: #127. Nora El Hourch’s HLM Pussy

HLM Pussy

Among the feature film debuts high up on our list we find a scrappy French drama set in subsidized housing via short film filmmaker by Nora El Hourch. Her debut short in 2015’s Quelques secondes was selected for the Cannes Directors’ Fortnight, TIFF and SXSW ’16. Bérénice Bejo, Leah Aubert, Medina Diarra and Salma Takaline star in HLM Pussy – a project that went into production this past November. HLM is the French acronym for Habitation à loyer modéré (low income housing). Manny Films’ Philippe Gompel produced.

Gist: This tell the story of Amina, Djeneba and Zineb. The three inseparable teenagers find themselves in hot water when they post a video on social networks identifying an assailant who attacked one of the three. The video draws a public outcry, and they will have to choose between continuing their fight or giving in to pressure.

Release Date/Prediction: Nora El Hourch could return to the Directors’ Fortnight section – but this needs to move rapidly in post.

Eric Lavallée is the founder, CEO, editor-in-chief, film journalist, and critic at IONCINEMA.com, established in 2000. A regular at Sundance, Cannes, and Venice, Eric holds a BFA in film studies from the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema. In 2013, he served on the narrative competition jury at the SXSW Film Festival. He was an associate producer on Mark Jackson’s "This Teacher" (2018 LA Film Festival, 2018 BFI London). In 2022, he was a New Flesh Juror for Best First Feature at the Fantasia International Film Festival. Current top films for 2023 include The Zone of Interest (Glazer), Inside the Yellow Cocoon Shell (Pham Thien An), Totem (Lila Avilés), La Chimera (Alice Rohrwacher), All Dirt Roads Taste of Salt (Raven Jackson).

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