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Divine Company: Lou de Laâge, Daphné Patakia, Oulaya Amamra, Héloise Letissier & Déborah Lukumuena Topline Benyamina’s “Toutes pour une”

Divine Company: Lou de Laâge, Daphné Patakia, Oulaya Amamra, Héloise Letissier & Déborah Lukumuena Topline Benyamina’s “Toutes pour une”

There were the three musketeers and now…we can expect to see that number shoot up to four in Houda Benyamina‘s long-awaited sophomore film project. Lou de Laâge leads Daphné Patakia, Héloise Letissier with Oulaya Amamra and Déborah Lukumuena (who both broke out in Benyamina’s debut) in Toutes pour une (which translates to All For One). Production takes place this month in France. Production companies include Easy Tiger and Haut et court in France, and Versus Production from Belgium.

They’ve cut their hair, strapped their chests, and slipped leather pieces under their pants, but they’re women. When Sara, a young Morisco on the run, unmasks the three musketeers protecting the Queen of France, she has only one thing in mind, to cling to these women and their brilliant idea: to dress up to be free. Set in 1625’s France, the friendship of four women ready for anything will prove stronger than political intrigues and intimate heartbreaks… Our three musketeers are women disguised as men. By transforming themselves into musketeers, they find freedom that they did not have as women.

The French-Moroccan filmmaker won the prestigious Camera d’Or award for Divines in 2016 – it was selected for the Directors’ Fortnight. She would then claim the César Award for Best First Feature Film right after. The swashbuckler Toutes pour une could be a candidate for the Croisette showing next year. Benyamina was setting up shop for Pour Assia back in 2017 – but there have been no updates on that project for a while now.

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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