MANUFACTURING / FINANCING France / Morocco
by Fabien Lemercier
– Oumaïma Barid, Mehdi Dehbi, Fouad Oughaou and Souad Khouyi in the cast of the director’s first feature, produced by Wrong Films in collaboration with SRAB Films
(In the front row, from left to right) Actress Oumaïma Barid, director Sofia Alaoui and actor Fouad Oughaou on the set of Among us
After 35 days of filming, the past week has seen Sofia Alaoui complete the shooting of his first feature film Among us. For the cast of what is described as “a mystical journey through modern-day Morocco, half social drama, half science fiction”, the filmmaker who has turned countless heads with And if the goats die (awarded the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance 2020 and the César 2021 for Best Short Film) brought together Oumaima Barid (making her big-screen debut), the Belgian Mehdi Dehbi (who leads the cast of Messiah series and which we will also see next year in Heaven boys), Fouad Oughaou (who also landed a role in the director’s multi-award-winning short) and Souad Khouyi.
Written by Sofia Alaoui herself, the story revolves around 22-year-old Itto, a young bride who lives with her husband with her in-laws during her pregnancy. As her pregnancy draws to a close, a supernatural event disrupts their daily lives… As a reminder, this project won the International Arte Kino International Prize at the Ateliers Atlas in 2020.
Among us is produced by Thomas Carillon and Margaux Laurier on behalf of Wrong Films, with co-production outsourced to SRAB Films and Moroccans Jiango Films and Dounia Productions acting as associate producers. Also co-produced by Arte France Cinéma, the feature has been pre-purchased by Canal+, Ciné+ and Arte, and benefits from an advance on receipts from the CNC and the Moroccan Cinema Center, as well as support from the companies SOFICA Cinémage, SG Image and Cinécap , and the support of Procirep and Angoa. Distribution in France is entrusted to Ad Vitam.
(Translated from French)
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