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Survival of the Fittest: Mareike Engelhardt Locks Up Megan Northam & Lubna Azabal for “Rabia”

Survival of the Fittest: Mareike Engelhardt Locks Up Megan Northam & Lubna Azabal for “Rabia”

Another feature film debut we’ve been tracking as of late (it was awarded some coin via the Arte Kino International Prize during Les Arcs Coproduction Village in late 2021) will indeed move into production later this year. Long established shorts filmmaker Mareike Engelhardt (who was an assistant director on Bozon’s Mrs. Hyde and Atef’s More Than Ever) will shoot Rabia in November into December and we’ve just learned that up-and-comer actress Megan Northam with topline the prison film alongside veteran Lubna Azabal.

To be filmed in Jordan and produced by France’s Films Grand Huit, this is about a 19-year-old named Rabia (Northam) who sets off for jihad in Syria and finds herself locked up in a women’s house with a hundreds of other young people from all over the world. In order to survive, she becomes the assistant of the director and develops a master-slave relationship that eventual breaks her spirit.

Northam’s previous features include supporting roles in Constance Meyer’s Robust (2021 – Critics’ Week) and Mikhaël Hers’ The Passengers of the Night (Berlinale 2022).

Eric Lavallée is the founder, CEO, editor-in-chief, film journalist and critic at (founded in 2000). Eric is a regular at Sundance, Cannes and TIFF. He has a BFA in Film Studies at the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema. In 2013 he served as a Narrative Competition Jury Member 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 served as a New Flesh Comp for Best First Feature at the 2022 Fantasia Intl. Film Festival. Current top films for 2022 include 1976 (Manuela Martelli), Godland (Hlynur Pálmason), Corsage (Marie Kreutzer), All That Breathes (Shaunak Sen).

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