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20TH edition NOVEMBER 24 TO DECEMBER 2, 2023


Sofia Alaoui

France, Morocco, Qatar

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Director's Biography

Born in Casablanca, Sofia Alaoui grew up between Morocco and China. After graduating from high school in Casablanca, she moved to Paris to study cinema. In 2017, she returned to Morocco to develop her own production company, Jiango Films. She has directed documentary and fiction shorts that have been selected for numerous festivals. Her short film So What If the Goats Die (2020), shot in the Atlas Mountains and entirely in Tamazight, featured non-professional actors. It won the Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival and the César Award for Best Short Fiction Film. She went on to direct the fantastical short The Hidden Lake, which was produced for 20th Century Fox and broadcast on Hulu. Animalia (2023), her first feature-length film, won the Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival.

French, Arabic, Berber
Screenings :
Sun 26 / 16h30 / Palais des Congrès Salle des Ambassadeurs
Mon 27 / 21h00 / Cinéma Le Colisée
Sun 26 / 16h30 / Palais des Congrès Salle des Ambassadeurs
Mon 27 / 21h00 / Cinéma Le Colisée

In the presence of the film crew

Itto, a young woman from a modest rural background, is slowly adapting to the codes of her Moroccan husband’s privileged family. But when supernatural events place the country under a state of emergency, Itto finds herself separated from her new family. Alone, pregnant, and looking for her way, she finds emancipation.

Director Sofia Alaoui
Producer Margaux Lorier, Toufik Ayadi, Christophe Barral
Screenwriter Sofia Alaoui
Cinematographer Sofia Alaoui
Production Designer Hafid Amly
Editor Héloïse Pelloquet
Sound Mariette Mathieu Goudier, Sébastien Savine, Laure Arto
Music Amine Bouhafa
Colour Colour
Supported by
Oumaïma Barid, Mehdi Dehbi, Fouad Oughaou
Production Company Wrong Films, Srab Films
International Sales Company Totem films
Distributor Film Clinic Indie Distribution


France, Morocco, Qatar






French, Arabic, Berber