BIFF 2019: 25. september - 3. oktober
Cinema Extraordinaire
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Sofia

Marokko / Qatar / Frankrike/ 2018/ 1 t. 20 min.
LANGUAGE:
arabisk/fransk
UNDERTEKSTER:
engelsk
CAST:
Maha Alemi, Lubna Azabal, Sarah Perles, Faouzi Bensaïdi
DIRECTOR:
Meryem Benm'Barek
WRITER:
Meryem Benm'Barek
CINEMATOGRAPHER:
Son Doan
PRODUCER:
Olivier Delbosc
The politics of sex in modern-day Morocco

According to Moroccan law, extramarital sex is a crime that can be punished with up to one year in prison. For 20-year-old Sofia, who lives with her parents in Casablanca, this has serious implications: One day, she is struck by severe stomach pains and finally forced to realize that she is not only pregnant but actually going into labour. SOFIA is a multifaceted character study with an increasing complexity which is told with impressive efficiency – a feat for which it deservedly won the award for Best Screenplay at this year’s Cannes Festival.

SOFIA is in our main competition programme for international fiction, Cinema Extraordinaire.

Meryem Benm'Barek

Meryem Benm'Barek-Aloïsi (Marocco) SOFIA is Benm'Barek-Aloïsi’s first feature film.