Archive of films The Unknown Saint / Le miracle du Saint Inconnu

Morocco / France / Qatar
2019, 100 min

Section: Another View
Year: 2019

Just before being caught by the police, a fleeing thief buries his loot in the sand and disguises the hiding place as a grave. When he’s released from prison several years later, he discovers that the grave has become a shrine to an unknown saint, and that it is surrounded by a village that lives off his veneration. A Moroccan comedy about faith, mammon, and miraculous healing.


After spending several years behind bars, a thief returns to collect his loot. In the meantime, though, the site of his buried money bag has become a mausoleum to an unknown saint, revered by the local villagers and believers from afar who come to benefit from his miraculous healing powers. The thief just wants his money back, but someone interrupts him whenever he tries to sneak into the mausoleum. And then doubts begin to gnaw at him: can he really plunder a saint’s tomb even if there’s no saint in it? Such is the faith of the locals that they even forget to tend to their land. A comedy that poses a fundamental question: if God neglects to give a sign, can people conjure it up for themselves?

Nikola Paggio

About the director

Alaa Eddine Aljem (b. 1988, Rabat, Morocco). Selected filmography: The Ritual (2008, short), National Education (2009, short), Tribute (2011, short), Hout Essahra (2015, doc.), The Desert Fish (2015, short), The Unknown Saint (Le miracle du Saint Inconnu, 2019)


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About the film

Color, DCP

Section: Another View
Director: Alaa Eddine Aljem
Screenplay: Alaa Eddine Aljem
Dir. of Photography: Amine Berrada
Music: Amine Bouhafa
Editor: Lilian Corbeille
Art Director: Kaouttar Haddioui
Producer: Francesca Duca, Alexa Rivero
Production: Le Moindre Geste Productions, Altamar Films
Coproduction: The Match Factory, Schortcut, Chadwell International Ltd, Condor Distribution
Cast: Younes Bouab, Salah Bensalah, Bouchaib Essamak, Mohamed Naimane
Sales: The Match Factory


Alaa Eddine Aljem

Film Director


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