A story of a 20-year-old Moroccan women who lives with her parents in Casablanca and her desperate search for the father of her unborn child to avoid being reported to the authorities. The story opens with Sophia, who is unaware she is pregnant until she goes into labour. Her cousin, Lena, a medical student understands what is happening to Sophia and takes her to the hospital. In a race against time, the hospital grants the young woman 24 hours to provide the documentation of her child’s father before alerting the police. Together with her cousin, Sophia tries to locate the young man she only met once.
This film looks at a young woman facing the mores and laws of a country that seems more interested in surface propriety than citizens’ actual well-being.
A portrait of a country’s complex relationship to its own values, laws and taboos.
Both lead actresses are exceptionally well cast and camera movements are finely calibrated to every tonal shift.

  • Year:
  • Runtime:
    80 min.
  • Country:
    France, Qatar
  • Director:
    Meryem Benm'Barek
  • Screenplay:
    Meryem Benm'Barek
  • Dir. of Photography:
    Son Doan
  • Editor:
    Céline Perreard
  • Cast:
    Maha Alemi, Lubna Azabal, Sarah Perles, Faouzi Bensaïdi, Hamza Khafif, Nadia Niazi
  • Production:
    Curiosa Films
  • Sales:
    Be for Films
  • Festivals:
    Cannes 2018 (Un Certain Regard – Prize for Best Screenplay), Busan 2018, Chicago 2018, Sao Paulo 2018, Taipei 2018, Thessaloniki 2018 (FIPRESCI Prize)

About the Director:

Meryem Benm'Barek

(1984, Rabat, Morocco) attended the National Institute of Oriental Languages and Civilizations in Paris, studying Arabic languages. She later studied directing in 2010 at the INSAS film school in Brussels. Benm'Barek-Aloïsi directed five short films in Brussels, gaining attention for Nor (2013) and Jennah (2014). Benm'Barek-Aloïsi has created exhibitions in sound art at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. Her feature debut film Sofia (2018) won the best screenplay award at Cannes, Un Certain Regard section in 2018.