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SOFIA

November 24, 4:30 p.m.

Drama | 80 min | English Canada Premiere

French, Arabic (English subtitles)

1/6

D: Meryem Benm'Barek-Aloïsi  | 2018 | Belgium, France, Qatar, Marocco

With:

Maha Alemi, Sarah Perles, Hamza Khafif, Lubna Azabal

Rating:

18 years and older

Festivals:​​

Un Certain Regard Award for Best Screenplay, Cannes Festival (2018)

Jeunesse Francophone TV5 Award, Cinemania Festival (Canada, 2018)

Istanbul Film Festival (Turkey, 2018)

Rotterdam International Film Festival (Netherlands, 2019)

Young French Cinema (USA, 2019)

Gigon International Film Festival (Spain, 2018)

Dublin French Film Festival (2018)

Tapei Golden Horse Film Festival (Taiwan, 2018)

Stockholm International Film Festival (Sweden, 2018)

Namur International Francophone Film Festival (Belgium, 2018)

Melbourne International Film Festival (Australia, 2018)

Sofia, 20, lives with her parents in Casablanca. Following a denial of pregnancy, she finds herself illegally giving birth to a baby out of wedlock. The hospital leaves her 24 hours to provide the papers of the father of the child before alerting the authorities.

 

Buoyed by an excellent script, this first full-length film by Meryem Benm’Barek is a thrilling feminist study, dissecting the double standards that divide Moroccan society.

— Fabien Lemercier, Cineuropa

 

This admirably mordant film deserves to travel widely on the festival circuit as well as art houses beyond its Francophone countries of origin.

— Jay Weissberg, Variety

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Sofia is an incredibly refined story rich with multi-dimensional layers in both the characters and the plot. Benm’Barek generates fervour and then exceeds expectations by giving us a simple setup and then taking us for a ride that no one sees coming. It’s so refreshing.

— Zoe Tamara, The UpComing

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