64th TIFF: Greek Premiere
As her pregnancy approaches its end, Itto – who lives with her in-laws while her husband is away on a business trip – finds her peaceful daily life disrupted by a series of unexplained, supernatural phenomena. A gripping social allegory takes on the form of a science fiction thriller in one of the most distinctive directorial debuts of recent years, which became an instant sensation at the Sundance Film Festival, winning the World Cinema Dramatic Special Jury Award. And whereas director Sofia Alaoui is definitely someone to watch today, she already brings us an incredible image of the future, exploring how an alien visitation in Morocco might relate to women’s emancipation. If you are curious to experience the above, all wrapped up in a captivating directorial style and outstanding sound design, among other elements, then Animalia is right up your alley.
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Direction: Sofia Alaoui
Script: Sofia Alaoui
Cinematography: Noé Bach
Editing: Héloïse Pelloquet
Sound: Mariette Mathieu Goudier, Sébastien Savine
Music: Amine Bouhafa
Actors: Oumaïma Barid, Mehdi Dehbi, Fouad Oughaou
Production: Wrong Films, Srab Films, Dounia Production, Jiango Films
Producers: Margaux Lorier, Toufik Ayadi, Christophe Barral, Dounia Benjelloun Mezian, Sofia Alaoui
Co-producers: Arte France Cinéma
Costumes: Lydie Collin
Production Design: Hafid Amly
Format: DCP
Color: Color
Production Country: France, Morocco, Qatar
Production Year: 2022
Duration: 90'
Contact: Totem Films
Awards/Distinctions: World Cinema Dramatic Special Jury Award for Creative Vision (Sofia Alaoui) – Sundance Film Festival (2023)

Sofia Alaoui

Born in Casablanca to a Moroccan father and a French mother, Sofia Alaoui grew up between Morocco and China. After graduating high school in Casablanca, she moved to Paris to study cinema. In 2017, she returned to Morocco to develop her own production company, Jiango Films. She has directed both documentary and fiction shorts that have been selected at many festivals. Her film,So What If the Goats Die was shot in the Atlas Mountains, featuring non-professional actors and dialogue exclusively in Tamazight. It won the Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival in 2020, and the César for best short fiction film in 2021. Then she directed a short film for the 20th Century Fox, The Lake, broadcast on Hulu. Animalia is her first feature film.


2015 Children of Nablus (short doc)
2020 So What If the Goats Die (short)
2023 Animalia