Alaa Eddine Aljem
Trained at ESAV Marrakech and INSAS in Brussels, Alaa Eddine Aljem directed several short films, among them The Desert Fish (2015), which gained great acclaim in the film festival circuit and took the Critics, Screenwriting and Grand Prize at the Moroccan National Film Festival. The Unknown Saint is Aljem’s debut feature. With this project, Aljem participated in the Open Doors Lab at the Locarno Festival, where it won the ICAM award. Aljem also took part in La Fabrique des Cinémas du Monde in Cannes in 2016, and in the Sundance Screenwriters’ Lab. In 2016, Alaa was named by ‘Screen International’ as one of the Five Arab Stars of Tomorrow.
2019 THE UNKNOWN SAINT
2015 THE DESERT FISH (Kurzfilm)
2011 TRIBUTE (Kurzfilm)
2009 NATIONAL EDUCATION (Kurzfilm)
2008 RITUAL (Kurzfilm)
Amine steals a big bag of money and escapes into the hills with the police hot on his trail. Before he is arrested, he digs a grave to bury the cash and disguises it as a modest tomb. Years later, Amine is released from prison and sets off to find his money. In the meantime, a religious shrine has been built directly over the place he buried his cash. The mausoleum honors an unknown saint from the region whose tomb was recently discovered. More