Mounia Meddour

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Mounia Meddour (born May 15, 1978) is a Franco-Algerian film director.


Meddour's father is the Algerian director Azzedine Meddour[1] and her mother comes from Russia. She studied in a journalism school, then trained in cinema and audiovisual in France. She completed a diploma at the European Centre Of Training Production Film (CEFPF) in fiction film directing in 2002 then a second diploma in documentary filmmaking in 2004.[2]

She then directed several documentaries, such as Particules élémentaires[3] in 2007, La Cuisine en héritage[4] in 2009, and in 2011 Cinéma algérien, un nouveau souffle a documentary on the new generation of Algerian directors which emerge, despite the absence of funding. That same year, she directed her first short fiction film, Edwige.[5]

Finally, in 2019, her first feature fiction film, Papicha, filmed in spring 2018, is directed and is selected at the Cannes Film Festival. In Papicha, the young female main character, Nedjma, is passionate about fashion and tries to organize a fashion show in her hall of residence in 1990. It is a way to mention a decade of violence and terrorism, in the 1990s, in Algeria. The film was presented at the Cannes Film Festival in the Un Certain Regard[6] section and also received three awards at the Angoulême Film Festival in France. It was also nominated at the César Awards 2020 as Best First Feature Film,[7] and her actress Lyna Khoudri, with whom she prepared for a long time her character,[8] was selected in the list of a potential Most Promising Actress award. Finally, the February 28, 2020, at the César Film Awards, the film will win two awards. Best First Feature Film and Most Promising Actress for her lead actress awards.[9]


Unless otherwise stated, Mounia Meddor is director and screen-writer of her movies.

  • 2006: Tikjda, La caravane des savoirs (documentary)
  • 2007: Hitman, directed by Xavier Gens (assistant director)
  • 2007: Particules élémentaires (documentary, 50 min)
  • 2009: La Cuisine en héritage (documentary, 52 min)[10]
  • 2011: Cinéma algérien, un nouveau souffle (documentary, 52 min)[11]
  • 2012: Edwige (short film, 15 min)[12]
  • 2018: Papicha, selected film in the Un Certain Regard at the 2019 Cannes Film Festival, selected at the 92nd Academy Awards to represents Algeria in the Best International Feature Film category, multi-ward winning (2019 César Award for Best First Feature Film, 2019 César Award for Most Promising Actress, Young Jury Prize at the International Festival of Carthage, etc.)



  1. ^ "Mounia Meddour sur les traces de son père", Liberté Algérie, October 8, 2018
  2. ^ "Meddour, Mounia", on
  3. ^ "Particules élémentaires", on
  4. ^ "La Cuisine en héritage" on
  5. ^ "Cinéma algérien, un nouveau souffle, de Mounia Meddour. Une génération de champignon", Liberté Algérie, October 20, 2012
  6. ^ Zahra Chenaoui, "Le cinéma algérien rêve d'indépendance financière, Le Monde
  7. ^ "César 2020: "J'accuse", "Les Misérables", "La Belle époque", "Grâce à Dieu"... toutes les nominations", on, January 29, 2020
  8. ^ Nesrine Slaoui, "Lyna Khoudri, destin d'actrice, mémoires d'Algérie" on, October 8, 2019
  9. ^ "Césars 2020 en direct", Le Monde, February 28, 2020
  10. ^ "La Cuisine en héritage", on Télérama
  11. ^ "Cinéma algérien, un nouveau souffle", on
  12. ^ "Edwige. A short film by Mounia Meddour" on