Barely four months after bagging the Cannes Festival’s Screenwriting Award, award-winning Moroccan film, “Sofia”, has won another award at the the Angoulême Francophone Film Festival held in southwest France, from August 21-26.
“Sofia”, produced by prolific Moroccan filmmaker and director, Meryem Ben M’barek, won the Valois for best scenario. The film is Meryem Ben M’Barek’s first full-length film.
Her short film “Jennah” which was her thesis project at The Institut national supérieur des arts du spectacle et des techniques de diffusion, better known as INSAS in Brussels, won the 2014 Grand Prize at the Rhode Island International Film Festival.
Also starring Maha Alami, the cast includes Sara Elmhamdi Elalaoui (“Much Loved”), Sarah Perles (“Burnout” by Nour-Eddine Lakmari), Hamza Khafif, Lubna Azabal (“Exiles” and “Paradise Now”), Faouzi Bensaidi (“The Blissful”), Nadia Niazi, and Said Bey.
The script tells the story of a single mother frantically searching for the father of her unborn child in order to avoid being reported to the government by the hospital.
However according to the producer, the aim of the film is not to discover the identity of the father but to portray the pressure single mothers face in a society that cannot stomach a birth without a husband/father.