Eden is West

As in "The Odyssey," the Aegean Sea is the setting when our hero, Elias, sets out on his adventures. On the same waters, under the same sun and the same sky as the dawn of civilization. After countless incidents and accidents, a stopover in paradise and a sojourn in hell, the magical conclusion of his journey takes place in Paris. Paris, the shining city in the deepest dreams, in the most uncertain sleep of wanderers. EDEN IS WEST attempts to echo the path, the journey of those (once our fathers and mothers) who cross through lands, braving oceans and seas of uniforms, looking for a home. Elias' story is not that of Ulysses, nor is it Jean-Claude's or mine.  But I see myself in Elias, a foreigner who is not foreign to me. - Costa-Gavras

Country of Origin: France/Italy/Greece Language: French/English/Greek w/ English subtitles Duration: 107 minutes Rating: M Director: Costa-Gavras Starring: Riccardo Scamarcio, Juliane Köhler, Eric Caravaca Australian release: 2009 with Jump Street Films


Winner - Jury Prize, Los Angeles Film Critics Assocation 2009 Closing Night Film - Berlinale 2009 Official Selection - Melbourne International Film Festival


'...the brightest, most-entertaining film of his illustrious career.' Jim Schembri – The Age

'an odyssey both touching, dangerous, thrilling and funny…Costa Gavras remains one of the miracles of international movies with a conscience - and has, still, all the energy, wit and that great eye for the telling scene that few filmmakers in the world can display. Like his movies, he's all passion and humanity and long may he continue. We need him!' Jonathon Dawson- ABC Radio

'...delightfully entertaining...This film is by turns Felliniesque, as quirky as Kaurismaki, wildly implausible, very funny (frequently)...See it for the element of sheer fun and you wont be disappointed.  Mark Demetrius – Filmink

'...challenging and beautiful, definitely.' Hilary Harper - ABC

'A beguiling film to savour' John Bale, The Blurb

'Continually arresting. There’s a taste of heaven and hell in this likeable road movie that addresses the plight of illegal immigrants within a cocktail of drama, poetry and humour' Louise Keller, Urban Cinefile

'I fell in love with this' Jason Di Rosso, ABC Radio National

'Tender and beguiling… many stunning images' Peter Galvin, SBS

'Charming, sophisticated filmmaking… a fascinating cross-section of European faces and mores. Sometimes whimsical, often heartbreaking' Tim Milfull, The Independent

'A playful modern fairy tale.' Variety

'A cross between the noble, wandering Ulysses and a Charlie Chaplin perpetually on the run from the cops' The Hollywood Reporter

'Gripping' The New York Times

'Bittersweet comedy… a deft mix of allegory and realism' Screen International

4.5 STARS 'European cinema at its best… touching, comedic, and poignant… Scamarcio’s performance is an absolute tour de force' Eye For Film UK