Kaouther Ben Hania



Filmmaker Kaouther Ben Hania smiles and stands against a blue background, wearing a green blouse

Nadim Cheikhrouha

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“With ‘Hapax,’ I want to push my work a little further. I want to understand our current challenges and invent a greater future; I want to explore current scientific research in order to better imagine the possibilities that exist in our distant future.”

As a screenwriter and director, I am driven by a great curiosity and an intense desire to learn. I see each of my films as an opportunity to explore terrain that is both familiar and unknown to me. With my film La Belle et la Meute, I was able to focus on the workings of power and the notion of temporality in cinema, whereas in my most recent film, L’Homme qui a vendu sa peau, I chose to investigate the art world and the political stakes of our times. Having already used reality as a way to build contemporary narratives, I now wish to take the opposite route – to draw on my own imagination to write an original science fiction story.  


Kaouther Ben Hania studied cinema at the Sorbonne Nouvelle and La Fémis film school. Her documentary and fiction works have won numerous prizes and enjoyed international success. Her film La Belle et la Meute (2017) achieved significant international recognition and was selected at the Cannes Film Festival, in the “Un Certain Regard” category. Her most recent feature, L’Homme qui a vendu sa peau (2020), won the Best Actor award at the Venice Film Festival and was nominated for Best International Feature Film at the Academy Awards. 


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