RABIA wins the ArteKino award at Les Arcs Film Festival

As part of the Les Arcs Coproduction Village, the ARTE Kino international film prize was awarded on 16 December to the feature film project "RABIA" by German director Mareike Engelhardt. RABIA is produced by the Parisian production company Films Grand Huit in co-production with Munich's Starhaus Filmproduktion.
"RABIA" tells the story of a 19-year-old woman who sets off for jihad and finds herself a prisoner in a women's shelter. To survive, she becomes the assistant to the director of the shelter. Her master and slave relationship pushes her beyond her principles until she can no longer bear the monster she has become. The director's important research work and the originality of her approach make "RABIA" a very promising project.

Mareike Engelhardt studied literature, art and film in Berlin, London and Paris. She has worked as assistant director with Volker Schlöndorff and Roman Polanski. After studying at the Paris film school La Fémis, she realised the short film "Nos Lions", which deals with the theme of her feature film debut.

The international ARTE Cinema Prize is a development aid for feature film projects. It is awarded at numerous international festivals, including Berlin, Cannes and Locarno. This support helps young directors and producers from all over the world to develop their projects.
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