In 2019, Meddour created her first feature film 'Papicha', which was presented in the official selection at the Festival de Cannes as part of Un Certain Regard.
French-Algerian director, screenwriter and producer Mounia Meddour has been appointed a member of the Un Certain Regard jury at the 74th edition of the Cannes Film Festival.
British director Andrea Arnold will head up the international jury. The other jury members will comprise French actress Elsa Zylberstein, Argentinian director, producer and screenwriter Daniel Burman and US writer/director, producer and actor Michael Covino.
After making several documentaries, Elementary Particles (2007), La Cuisine en héritage (2009) and Algerian Cinema: A New Breath, Meddour directed her first short fiction film Edwige in 2011, which received a special mention at the Journées Cinématographiques in Algiers.
Meddour’s debut feature Papicha premiered in Un Certain Regard in 2019 and was Algeria’s Oscar submission in 2020. She is currently working on her next feature film Houria.
The Un Certain Regard jury will judge the 20 features in this year’s lineup, which includes the latest from art-house such as Turkey’s Semih Kaplanoglu (Commitment Hasan), Russian director Aleksey German Jr. (Delo (House Arrest)) and Israel’s Eran Kolirin (Let There Be Morning), as well as first-time directors such as Valdimar Jóhannsson from Iceland — in Un Certain Regard with Noomi Rapace-starrer Lamb, and Chinese filmmaker CB Yi, whose Austrian production Moneyboys premieres in the Cannes sidebar next month.
Onoda – 10 000 Nights in the Jungle, a Japanese-language feature from French director Arthur Harari, will open this year’s Un Certain Regard section on July 7. The jury will announce this year’s winners on Friday, July 16.