Eden Is West

Sunday, March 8, 2009

Costa-Gavras’s new film is the story of an illegal immigrant, Elias (Italian actor Riccardo Scarmarcio), for whom the West will literally be Eden, the name of the resort at which he lands. Costa-Gavras never shrinks away from showing the almost casual cruelty Elias continually experiences. The film also captures the magical nature of the world he encounters, in which every new experience is full of both promise and threat. The sense of social engagement in Costa-Gavras’s cinema has never been stronger or rendered more inventively.

  • Running Time 110 minutes minutes
  • Director Costa-Gavras