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Eden Is West ()

Eden à l'Ouest (original title)
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Handsome and resourceful Elias flees as a refugee to Western Europe, which he sees as Eden. A drama with humor centered around the illegal immigrants living in the EU.

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Elias
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L'ami d'Elias
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Nina
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Un amie de Nina
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Une amie de Nina
Stella-Melina Vasilaki ...
L'hôtesse
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Bob
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Jack, le directeur de l'Eden Club
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La directrice de l'Eden Club (as Marisha Triantafillidou)
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Yvan (as Konstantinos Markoulakis)
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Marie-Lou
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Bernard
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Christina Lisner (as Juliane Koehler)
Igor Raspopov ...
Leonid
Ina Tsolakis ...
La femme de Leonid
Vitalyk Field ...
Le fils de Leonid
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Fred
Ana Paula Aurijo ...
Elena
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Nick Nickleby
Dylan Talleux ...
Assistant Nick Nickelby
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Le commerçant du bazar
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Le chauffeur voleur
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Sofia, la paysanne
Manolis Psychogioudakis ...
Le fils de Sofia
Konstantina Hamalaki ...
La fille de Sofia
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L'homme du couple dans la Mercedes (as Ieroklis Mihailidis)
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L'épouse du notable (as Annie Loulou)
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Günther, le premier routier
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Karl, le second routier (as Antoine Monot)
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Le premier rabatteur de l'usine
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Le deuxième rabatteur de l'usine
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Le contremaître de l'usine
Ahmed Elkourachi ...
Un ouvrier (as Ahmed El Kourachi)
Jian-Zhang ...
Kim
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Franz
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Le chanteur / musicien
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L'Africain
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Le type dans la douche
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La caissière
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Un garde
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La jeune femme qui distribue dss mouquettes
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La dame pipi
Dennis Rezard ...
Le contrebassiste de l'orchestre
Costel Mirol ...
Le chef gitan
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Basile, le conducteur de la Jaguar (as Justin Blankaert)
François Criqui ...
Salem, le garagiste
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Le compatriote d'Elias (as Ahmet Zirek)
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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
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L'homme de la gare de l'Est
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Le balayeur africain devant la gare de l'Est
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Le marchand d'objets africains
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L'Hindou
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L'Asiatique
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Le petit basané qui donne un coup de boule
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Un C.R.S.
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Un C.R.S.
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Le serveur de la brasserie
Vincent Andrieu ...
Monsieur métro
Emmanuel Ambroise ...
Le mendiant aux gobelets
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La dame qui offre une veste à Elias
Christophe Dru ...
Le policier en rollers
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Yann, un SDF
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Un SDF
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Une SDF
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Un policier chez les SDF
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La jeune fille du métro
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L'homme à la sortie du métro
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Le portier du Lido
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La dame à la poussette
Elias Hamon ...
L'enfant dans la poussette
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Haralampos Antaloudakis ...
Musician (drummer) in hotel's band
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Serveur Terrasse
Eric Wagner
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Man in sportscar (uncredited)

Directed by

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Costa-Gavras

Written by

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Costa-Gavras ... (writer)
 
Jean-Claude Grumberg ... (writer)

Produced by

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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

Music by

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Armand Amar
Julien Baril

Cinematography by

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Patrick Blossier

Film Editing by

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Yannick Kergoat

Editorial Department

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Thierry Beaumel ... post-production technical director
Ornella Del-Vecchio ... digital conformation
Sophia Del-Vecchio ... digital conformation
Emilie Janin ... assistant editor
Frederic Jupin ... digital conformation
Yorgos Lamprinos ... assistant editor
Emmanuel Le Ridant ... telecine dailies colorist
Raymond Terrentin ... colorist
Philippe Tourret ... post-production coordinator

Casting By

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Sotiria Marini ... (Greek actors)
Marie-France Michel
Sabine Schroth ... (German actors)

Production Design by

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Alexandre Bancel

Art Direction by

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Constantinos Papageorgiou ... (as Konstantinos Papageorgiou)

Costume Design by

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Mathé Pontanier
Ioulia Stavridou

Production Management

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Nikos Doukas ... production manager
Restaki Elena ... assistant production manager
Giuseppe Hatzopoulos ... second 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

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Léonidas Arvanitis ... third assistant director
Véronique Bréchot ... third assistant director
Victor Holl ... additional assistant director
Sonia Koulepi ... third assistant director
Frédéric Lebugle ... third assistant director
Joseph Rapp ... first assistant director
Dylan Talleux ... second assistant director

Art Department

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François Criqui ... props
Marie Eynard ... storyboard artist

Sound Department

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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 ... re-recording mixer
José A. Manovel ... spanish sap mixer (as Jose A. Manovel)
Pierre Martens ... sound recordist

Visual Effects by

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César Chiffre ... visual effects
Erwan Davigano ... visual effects supervisor
Benoît Maffone ... digital artist

Stunts

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Frédéric Vallet ... stunt coordinator
Alain Villain ... stunt driver
Henry Villain ... stunt driver

Camera and Electrical Department

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Eric Blanckaert ... first assistant camera
François Criqui ... grip
Maéva Drecq ... video assistant
Yohann Gence ... electrician extra
Cyril Girard ... additional electrician
Bakogiannis Kostas ... electrician
Christos Papagianopoulos ... electrician
Michael Tsimperopoulos ... Steadicam operator / aerial camera operator / camera operator / director of photography: second unit
Didier Versolatto ... gaffer
Panagiotis Vougioukas ... Steadicam assistant
Eirini Zevgoli ... second assistant camera

Casting Department

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Sofia Dimopoulou ... casting assistant
Emmanuela Fragiadaki ... casting
Marie-France Michel ... extras casting
Victoria Trzeciak ... casting / extras casting (uncredited)

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Ioanna Mamali ... costume trainee (uncredited)

Location Management

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Frédéric Lebugle ... location scout
Mylène Ollivier ... location manager

Music Department

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Camille Adrien ... composer: additional music
Didier François ... musician: nyckelharpa
Sylvain Morizet ... musician: pianist
Emilie Ruby ... pianist

Script and Continuity Department

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Angeliki Arvanitis ... script supervisor

Additional Crew

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Stéphane Boulay ... travelling car
Nicolas Boulenger ... helicopter pilot
Eve Brémond ... production assistant (as Eve Pajot)
Natacha Le Véo ... unit production assistant
Grégoory Malheiro ... press attache
Dominique Segall ... press attache

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Storyline

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Plot Summary

Elias is an immigrant in his twenties who tries to get to Europe by a boat along with other illegal immigrants. When the boat is near the Greek shores and they hope they will soon disembark, a marine patrol approaches and Elias jumps into the sea in order to avoid arrest. So do the other people in the boat. He wakes up next morning in a shore with nudists, which is not so bad after all, since he has lost some of his clothes while he was swimming for quite a few hours. He pretends to be a nudist himself, steals some clothes and he pretends he is an employee of the hotel "Eden Club-Paradise". Written by Canon y mus

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Also Known As
  • Paradeisos sti Dysi (Greece)
  • Παράδεισος στη Δύση (Greece)
  • Verso l'Eden (Italy)
  • Eden Is West (United States)
  • Eden Is West (Canada, English title)
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Runtime
  • 110 min
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Budget $12,000,000 (estimated)

Did You Know?

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Trivia When Elias meets another immigrant (Ahmet Zirek) from the same country as him, the language they are actually using is reverse French. See more »
Movie Connections Referenced in Elite Squad 2: The Enemy Within (2010). See more »
Soundtracks Wunderbar, dabei zu sein See more »

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