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DUBAI: This year promises to be busy for the Franco-Algerian actress Lyna Khoudri.

The 29-year-old is set to star in French-Algerian director Mounia Meddour’s new drama ‘Houria’, a project reuniting the pair after the award-winning film ‘Papicha’.

Meddour’s first feature film, “Papicha”, made French history by becoming the most successful African film at the French box office directed by a woman and winning the César for best first film.

For her role in the film, Khoudri won the Orizzonti Award for Best Actress at the 74th Venice Film Festival and was nominated in the Cesar Awards’ Most Promising Actress category.

In “Houria,” Khoudri takes on the role of a gifted ballerina who makes a living as a housekeeper who experiences trauma, encounters other women in a similar condition, and finds a creative outlet to heal. The drama, set in Algeria, will tell a modern story of strong women on their journey to find strength, bond, break free and follow passions.

The 29-year-old will play a ballerina in the new film “Houria”. instagram

The feature will be Meddour’s second film directed by Algerian women – she also co-wrote the screenplay – and will star Amira Hilda Douaouda, co-star of Khoudri’s “Papicha”, and Rachida Brakni.

Khoudri is part of an ever-growing list of Arab stars rising through the Hollywood ranks and recently appeared in period dramas “La Place D’Une Autre” and “Haute Couture.”

She also landed major roles in other movies, including Wes Anderson’s 2021 comedy “The French Dispatch,” where she played a student activist alongside a star-studded cast that included Timothee Chalamet, Bill Murray, Tilda Swinton, Owen Wilson and Adrian Brody. .

She is also set to appear in a new two-part adaptation of Alexandre Dumas’ classic French novel ‘The Three Musketeers’, in which she will star alongside Francois Civil as his love interest Constance D’Artagnan, formerly Bonacieux. Additionally, Khoudri is filming “November,” a thriller directed by Cedric Jimenez about French counterterrorism services during the hunt for suspects after the 2015 Paris attacks.

She also appeared in the “Savages”, “Blood on the Docks” and “Gagarin” miniseries.