Amine steals a big bag of money and escapes into the hills with the police hot on his trail. Before he is arrested, he digs a grave to bury the cash and disguises it as a modest tomb. Years later, Amine is released from prison and sets off to find his money. In the meantime, a religious shrine has been built directly over the place. The mausoleum honors an unknown saint from the region whose tomb was recently discovered. Down the hill from the resting place of the ‘The Unknown Saint’, a new village subsists on the pilgrims who travel from far and wide to visit the mausoleum.
Born in 1988 Rabat (Morocco). Trained at ESAV Marrakech and INSAS in Brussels, Alaa Eddine Aljem directed several short films, like The ritual (2008), National Education (2009) or Tribute (2011). With The Desert Fish (2015), he took the Critics, Screenwriting and Grand Prize at the Moroccan National Film Festival. The Unknown Saint is Aljem’s debut feature. With this project, Aljem participated in the Open Doors Lab at the Locarno Festival, where it won the ICAM award. Aljem also took part in La Fabrique des Cinémas du Monde in Cannes in 2016, and in the Sundance Screenwriters’ Lab. In 2016, Alaa was named by ‘Screen International’ as one of the Five Arab Stars of Tomorrow.
Tuesday 22: Zorrilla Theater, 7 pm
Saturday 26: Zorrilla Theater, 10 pm