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11 February 2009 (France) See more »
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A drama centered around the illegal immigrants living in the EU. | Add synopsis »
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Cast

  (in credits order)

Riccardo Scamarcio ... Elias
Odysseas Papaspiliopoulos ... L'ami d'Elias
Léa Wiazemsky ... Nina

Tess Spentzos ... Un amie de Nina

Kristen Ross ... Une amie de Nina
Stella-Melina Vasilaki ... L'hôtesse
Gil Alma ... Bob

Éric Caravaca ... Jack, le directeur de l'Eden Club
Marissa Triandafyllidou ... La directrice de l'Eden Club (as Marisha Triantafillidou)

Constantine Markoulakis ... Yvan (as Konstantinos Markoulakis)

Mona Achache ... Marie-Lou
Alexandre Bancel ... Bernard

Juliane Köhler ... Christina Lisner (as Juliane Koehler)
Igor Raspopov ... Leonid
Ina Tsolakis ... La femme de Leonid
Vitalyk Field ... Le fils de Leonid

David Lowe ... Fred
Ana Paula Aurijo ... Elena

Ulrich Tukur ... Nick Nickleby
Dylan Talleux ... Assistant Nick Nickelby
Arto Apartian ... Le commerçant du bazar
Tasos Kostis ... Le chauffeur voleur
Dina Mihailidou ... Sofia, la paysanne
Manolis Psychogioudakis ... Le fils de Sofia
Konstantina Hamalaki ... La fille de Sofia
Ieroklis Michaelidis ... L'homme du couple dans la Mercedes (as Ieroklis Mihailidis)
Anny Loulou ... L'épouse du notable (as Annie Loulou)
Florian Martens ... Günther, le premier routier

Antoine Monot Jr. ... Karl, le second routier (as Antoine Monot)
David Kruger ... Le premier rabatteur de l'usine
Bruno Paviot ... Le deuxième rabatteur de l'usine
Marcel Mankita ... Le contremaître de l'usine
Ahmed Elkourachi ... Un ouvrier (as Ahmed El Kourachi)
Jian-Zhang ... Kim
Jean-Pierre Gos ... Franz
Jean-Christophe Folly ... Le chanteur / musicien
Alain Aithnard ... L'Africain
Guerassim Dichliev ... Le type dans la douche
Juliette Galoisy ... La caissière
Olivier Chenevat ... Un garde
Sophie Parel ... La jeune femme qui distribue dss mouquettes
Isabelle Dunatte ... La dame pipi
Dennis Rezard ... Le contrebassiste de l'orchestre
Costel Mirol ... Le chef gitan
Justin Blanckaert ... Basile, le conducteur de la Jaguar (as Justin Blankaert)
François Criqui ... Salem, le garagiste
Zirek ... Le compatriote d'Elias (as Ahmet Zirek)
Cyrille Dobbels ... Le voisin à l'asile de nuit
Alexandra Riegel ... Une dame dans le TGV
Alexandra Skira ... Une dame dans le TGV
Antoine Kakou ... Un étudiant dans le TGV
Jean-Benoît Terral ... L'homme de la gare de l'Est
Alain Dzukam Simo ... Le balayeur africain devant la gare de l'Est
Djiby Badiane ... Le marchand d'objets africains
Murali Perumal ... L'Hindou

Frédéric Chau ... L'Asiatique
Aymen Saïdi ... Le petit basané qui donne un coup de boule
Gil Demurger ... Un C.R.S.
Christophe Roblin ... Un C.R.S.
Bonnafet Tarbouriech ... Le serveur de la brasserie
Vincent Andrieu ... Monsieur métro
Emmanuel Ambroise ... Le mendiant aux gobelets
Anny Duperey ... La dame qui offre une veste à Elias
Christophe Dru ... Le policier en rollers
Bruno Lochet ... Yann, un SDF
Yves Alion ... Un SDF
Martine Demaret ... Une SDF
Xavier Maly ... Un policier chez les SDF
Clara Schwartzenberg ... La jeune fille du métro
Jean-Claude Grumberg ... L'homme à la sortie du métro

Michel Robin ... Le portier du Lido
Julie Gavras ... La dame à la poussette
Elias Hamon ... L'enfant dans la poussette
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Eric Wagner

Mark Antoine ... Man in sportscar (uncredited)
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Directed by
Costa-Gavras 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Costa-Gavras  writer
Jean-Claude Grumberg  writer

Produced by
Salem Brahimi .... co-producer
Costa-Gavras .... producer
Nikos Doukas .... executive producer
Léonard Glowinski .... co-producer
Manos Krezias .... producer
Kostas Lambropoulos .... executive producer
Michèle Ray-Gavras .... line producer
Dionyssis Samiotis .... co-producer (as Dionysis Samiotis)
Jérôme Seydoux .... producer
 
Original Music by
Armand Amar 
 
Cinematography by
Patrick Blossier 
 
Film Editing by
Yannick Kergoat 
 
Casting by
Sotiria Marini (Greek actors)
Marie-France Michel 
Sabine Schroth (German actors)
 
Production Design by
Alexandre Bancel 
 
Art Direction by
Konstadinos Papageorgiou  (as Konstantinos Papageorgiou)
 
Costume Design by
Mathé Pontanier 
Ioulia Stavridou 
 
Production Management
Nikos Doukas .... production manager
Restaki Elena .... assistant production manager
Christina Katsiadakis .... assistant production manager
Laurence Lafiteau .... unit production manager
Florence Masset .... production manager
Maxime Tellier .... assistant unit manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Léonidas Arvanitis .... third assistant director
Véronique Bréchot .... third assistant director
Victor Holl .... additional assistant director
Joseph Rapp .... first assistant director
Dylan Talleux .... second assistant director
 
Sound Department
Thanassis Arvanitis .... sound
Guillaume D'Ham .... dialogue editor
Thomas Desjonquères .... supervising sound editor
Assia Dnednia .... foley assistant (as Assia Zipper)
Michel Filippi .... adr supervisor
Jonathan Gargui Dit Marco .... assistant sound editor
Thomas Gauder .... sound re-recording mixer
José A. Manovel .... spanish sap mixer (as Jose A. Manovel)
Pierre Martens .... sound recordist
 
Visual Effects by
César Chiffre .... visual effects
Erwan Davigano .... visual effects supervisor
Benoît Maffone .... digital artist
 
Stunts
Frédéric Vallet .... stunt coordinator
Alain Villain .... stunt driver
Henry Villain .... stunt driver
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Eric Blanckaert .... first assistant camera
François Criqui .... grip
Maéva Drecq .... video assistant
Cyril Girard .... additional electrician
Bakogiannis Kostas .... electrician
Michael Tsimperopoulos .... Steadicam operator
Michael Tsimperopoulos .... aerial camera operator
Michael Tsimperopoulos .... camera operator
Michael Tsimperopoulos .... director of photography: second unit
Didier Versolatto .... gaffer
Panagiotis Vougioukas .... Steadicam assistant
Irini Zevgoli .... second assistant camera
 
Casting Department
Emmanuela Fragiadaki .... casting
Marie-France Michel .... extras casting
Victoria Trzeciak .... casting
Victoria Trzeciak .... extras casting (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Ornella Del-Vecchio .... digital conformation
Sophia Del-Vecchio .... digital conformation
Frederic Jupin .... digital conformation
Yorgos Lamprinos .... assistant editor
Raymond Terrentin .... colorist
Philippe Tourret .... post-production coordinator
 
Music Department
Camille Adrien .... composer: additional music
Sylvain Morizet .... musician: pianist
Emilie Ruby .... pianist
 
Other crew
Angeliki Arvanitis .... script supervisor
Stéphane Boulay .... travelling car
Nicolas Boulenger .... helicopter pilot
Grégoory Malheiro .... press attache
Mylène Ollivier .... location manager
Dominique Segall .... press attache
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Eden à l'Ouest" - France (original title)
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Runtime:
Argentina:110 min (Mar del Plata Film Festival) | France:110 min
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The title is an ironical reference to John Steinbeck's 'East of Eden' and its 1955 film adaptation by Elia Kazan, East of Eden (1955).See more »
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Referenced in Elite Squad: The Enemy Within (2010)See more »
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13 out of 19 people found the following review useful.
Execellent story, excellent story-telling, 9 November 2009
Author: j-connolly from France

This tale of illegal migrants is masterfully told as a straight story of events along the road to Paris. In order to illustrate many facets of the illegal immigrant saga, the writers have gone out of their way to include many more events, mishaps, and adventures that could credibly happen to a single migrant. Some people may object to this, but it serves to make this a more universal picture of events that can overtake an exile.

The emphasis of the story-telling is not a political or social statement, it's a strikingly enjoyable film with excellent cinematography which nevertheless manages to raise many serious issues. It's a story of human adaptation to loss of home and lack of normal human contact.

The protagonist says little because he can hardly speak French or English. Language throughout the film is not very important as a result. The audience, like migrants themselves, sits through episodes in Arabic, Greek, French, German, and English.

Along this rootless journey, he strikes up relationships ambiguous relationships along the road, mainly warm and yet fleeting - particularly the toy-boy episode at the start. There are many little subtle moments in the film, each making powerful comments about human moral choices under duress.

Combining suspense, drama, and subtly thought provoking episodes, this is another lasting film from Costa Gavras.

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