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The Unknown Saint Unclassified 18+

Language: Arabic with English subtitles

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“A droll, entertaining, absurdist fable about spirituality and greed that signals an important new talent.” – Variety

As the best crime capers do, Alaa Eddine Aljem’s debut feature starts with a big bag of money. With the cops on his tail, Moroccan thief Amine stashes his stolen funds quickly, disguising it in a makeshift desert grave. When he returns from his 10-year prison sentence to reclaim the loot, he finds his hiding place bordered by a new village and buried beneath a new spiritual monument – a mausoleum honouring ‘the unknown saint’.

Earning comparisons to the Coen Brothers and Aki Kaurismäki with his offbeat premise and satirical tone, Aljem crafts a light, droll, often farcical comedy about the one thing everyone believes in: cold, hard cash. As well as establishing his own filmmaking credentials – including his command of the movie’s eye-catching setting – the first-timer also benefits from stellar casting, including Younes Bouab as the film’s Keatonesque anti-hero.

“With its arid humour and sparse simplicity, this amusing first feature is filmmaking which works in near perfect harmony with its backdrop.” – Screen Daily

Tickets

1300
Wed 07 Aug 11:00 am [1300]
The Unknown Saint (100 mins)
Forum Theatre Wheelchair Access100% Subtitles
Past event
5611
Mon 12 Aug 9:15 pm [5611]
The Unknown Saint (100 mins)
Sofitel Melbourne On Collins Auditorium 100% Subtitles
Past event
This session is bookable on a pass

To book a wheelchair space or to advise of other access requirements, please contact Box Office on (03) 8660 4898 or email boxoffice@miff.com.au
Key Cast
Bouchaib Essamak, Salah Bensalah, Younes Bouab
Director
Alaa Eddine Aljem
Producers
Alexa Rivero, Francesca Duca
Screenwriter
Alaa Eddine Aljem
Cinematographer
Amine Berrada
Composer
Amine Bouhafa
Editor
Lilian Corbeille
Company Credit
World Sales: The Match Factory

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