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The Unknown Saint (Le Miracle du Saint Inconnu)

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  • Director: Alaa Eddine-Aljem
  • Producer(s): Francesca Duca, Alexa Rivero
  • Screenwriter(s): Alaa Eddine-Aljem
  • Main Cast: Younes Bouab, Salah Bensalah
  • Country: Morocco, France, Qatar, Germany, Lebanon
  • Language(s): Subtitled
  • Year: 2019

In the arid desert of southern Morocco, a shifty thief (Younes Bouab) scurries up a hill, where he manages to bury a holdall just before cops arrive to arrest him. He returns after serving his time, distressed to find that a community has built up to serve pilgrims and the devout who have come to believe the spot where his loot lies is the burial place of a saint. The thief plots to retrieve his bounty, though unexpected obstacles get in his way. Populated with enjoyably eccentric characters and featuring smart satirical commentary on faith and capitalism, Alaa Eddine Aljem’s debut feature is a deadpan delight. MH
Photo: © Le Moindre Geste Productions & Altamar Films

Official Selection, Cannes Critics’ Week, 2019

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