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Eldorado, The Taste Of The South

Fall Grants 2023 - Production Stage

Alaa Eddine Aljem / Feature Narrative / Morocco, France, Italy, Qatar / 90 min / Original Language: Arabic, French / Interests: Dark Comedy, Satire


A group of migrants from sub-Saharan Africa arrives to the north of Morocco in order to cross the Mediterranean Sea, looking for a secret island called Eldorado, where they heard a fair and equal world has been created. On the day of their crossing, a planning mistake is made by the smuggler, and another group of “regular” Moroccan migrants who were supposed to ship to Spain find themselves on board too for Eldorado.
Once they cross the sea, Eldorado’s police arrest them and take them into a “welcome centre”, where Franck, the centre’s director, introduces them to the rules of this new society. They need to stay there until the board decides if they will be granted Eldorado’s citizenship. Until then, they must work in the ‘Eldorado’ tomato sauce processing factory implanted in the centre. While the group of Sub-Saharan Africans tries to blend in and follow the rules, the Moroccans set up a plan to escape.


Alaa Eddine Aljem
Alaa Eddine Aljem
Claire Charles-Gervais, Louise Bellicaud, Francesca Duca
Production Company
In Vivo Films

About the Director

Alaa Eddine Aljem is a Moroccan screenwriter and director born in Rabat. He studied cinema at ESAVM and then at INSAS in Brussels. His latest short film, ‘The Desert Fishes’ won the Grand Prize, the Critics’ Prize, and the Screenplay Prize at the National Film Festival. In 2019, Alaa released his critically acclaimed first feature film, ‘The Unknown Saint, ' a burlesque fable that had its world premiere at Cannes Critics’ Week. The film was distributed in twenty countries and preselected for the Oscars in the category of Best Foreign Film. Alaa is currently working on his second feature, ‘Eldorado, the Taste of the South’.


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    Francesca Duca

    Le Moindre Geste
    +212 645-429087

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