Netflix has bought world rights, excluding France, to Maimouna Doucouré’s debut feature”Cuties,” that has its world premiere at Sundance’s 2020 World Cinema Dramatic Competition, and will then display from the Berlinale’s Generation Kplus segment.
The pic, playing beneath the Netflix brand, will be translated into over 40 languages, and screened at the streamer’s 190 lands. In France, it’ll be published on April 1 by Bac Films, which will be managing French rights.
“Cuties” is all about the hyper-sexualization of all pre-adolescent women. It follows an 11-year old woman of Senegalese origin, residing in one of Paris’ weakest areas, who’s raised in a pious tradition, however, combines a group of young dancers who aspire to twerk their way to stardom.
Doucouré’s previous short film,”Maman(s),” about a woman being raised by two moms in a polygamous household, was chosen by almost 200 festivals and won greater than 60 awards, such as best short at Sundance, Toronto and in the Césars. She won Sundance’s International Filmmaking Award 2017 for its”Cuties” script.
In 2019, Doucouré has been awarded that the Academy Gold Fellowship for Girls by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, which contains a $20,000 ($22,260) grant, mentoring information and also an invitation into the 2020 Academy Awards ceremony.
The 4 million”Cuties” is made by Bien ou Bien Productions, based in Bordeaux, at the South of France, also has been co-produced with @France 3 CINEMA. Additional production credits are CNC-Centre National du Cinéma et p L’image Animée, Région Ile-de-France, Région Nouvelle-Aquitaine, France Télévisions, Canal Plus, CINE Plus, Sacem, Bac Films, and Procirep.
Bien ou Bien Productions is conducted by Zangro, who climbed up between Spain and Morocco, before going to France in the time of age 16. In 2018 he obtained the Young Producer Prize 2018 from France Télévisions and in 2019 was appointed by Variety as among Ten Producers to Watch.
Zangro made”Cuties” and”Maman(s)” with Doucouré, and they’re presently preparing her initial English-language feature.
He directs, and has built a bunch of filmmaking talent across a job titled”Ramdam,” place at a Muslim neighborhood in the South of France, which started as a weekly set of three-minute Internet sketches, together with over 35 million viewpoints, evolved into a pilot for a TV series, which won greatest series award at the Festival de la Fiction, La Rochelle at 2017, and the job is currently a 90-minute TV film co-produced from Arte.