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Eden is west (Eden à l'ouest) - Riccardo Scamarcio, Odysseas Papaspiliopoulos, Léa Wiazemsky, Costa-Gavras

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Movie propaganda

Just like in The Odyssey, it is in the Aegean Sea that the adventures of Elias (Riccardo Scamarcio) begin. A rusting trawler packed with clandestine men, women and children slowly approaches the bright lights of an emerging shore, and we may not know where they all began but we know where they hope they're going: the West, an actual as well as mythical place. For Elias this will literally be Eden Club Paradise, the name of the resort at which he wakes up, and his extraordinary journey from there to reach Paris takes him across a microcosm of contemporary Europe. Gavras has crafted an epic story for our times, one full of heart, humour and wondrous complexities.

Theatrical propaganda posters

Eden is west (Eden à l'ouest) theatrical one sheet image

Target demographic movie keyword propaganda

  • Film drama France French illegal immigrant Europe boat people migrant worker foreign

Persons of interest

  • Riccardo Scamarcio .... Elias - un émigré clandestin
  • Odysseas Papaspiliopoulos .... L'ami d' Elias
  • Léa Wiazemsky .... Nina - une vacancière
  • Tess Spentzos .... Un amie de Nina
  • Kristen Ross .... Une amie de Nina
  • Stella-Melina Vasilaki .... L'hôtesse
  • Gil Alma .... Bob
  • Eric Caravaca .... Jack - le directeur adjoint de l'Eden Club
  • Marissa Triandafyllidou .... La directrice de l'Eden Club
  • Konstandinos Markoulakis .... Yvan
  • Mona Achache .... Mari-Lou
  • Alexandre Bancel .... Bernard
  • Juliane Köhler .... Christina Lisner
  • Igor Raspopov .... Leonid
  • Ina Tsolakis .... La femme de Leonid
  • Vitalyk Field .... Le fils de Leonid
  • David Lowe .... Fred - le vacancier américain
  • Ana Paula Aurijo .... Elena
  • Ulrich Tukur .... Nick Nickleby - un magicien
  • Dylan Talleux .... Assistant Nick Nickelby
  • Arto Apartian .... Le commerçant du bazar
  • Tasos Kostis .... Le chauffeur voleur
  • Dina Mihailidou .... Sofia - une paysanne qui aide Elias
  • Manolis Psychogioudakis .... Le fils de Sofia
  • Konstantina Hamalaki .... La fille de Sofia
  • Ieroklis Michaelidis .... L'homme du couple dans la Mercedes
  • Anny Loulou .... L'épouse du notable
  • Florian Martens .... Günther - un routier allemand
  • Costa-Gavras .... Screenwriter
  • Jean-Claude Grumberg .... Screenwriter
  • Costa-Gavras .... Director

Cinematic intelligence sources

Intelligence analyst

Special Agent Matti

Theatrical report

If I've said it once, I've said it a thousand times: I am so glad that I'm not a foreigner. I can't imagine leaving behind everything and everyone that I know to live in a land that I don't understand among people with whom I can't communicate, with little more than the shirt on my back. *Shudders* I wonder what sort of films these foreigners watch that makes them want to come to places like this (ie the West). I guess that what this film is telling us is that the only thing worse than being a boat-person is NOT being a boat-person.

The drama, France movie Eden is west (Eden à l'ouest) is directed by Costa-Gavras and stars Riccardo Scamarcio, Odysseas Papaspiliopoulos, Léa Wiazemsky.

Media intelligence (DVD)

  • Languages: English, French, German, Greek
  • Special features:
    • Deleted scenes
    • Documentaries: Making of
    • Trailers: Theatrical
  • Subtitles: English

Government security censorship classification

M (Sexual references, nudity and coarse language)

Surveillance time

110 minutes (1:50 hours)

Not for public release in Australia before date

Film: 20 August 2009
Disc: 10 March 2010

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