Meryem Benm'Barek
Morocco - France


In Marrakech, Mehdi leads an exemplary life with his family and Selma, his new girlfriend. For the young couple, things are going smoothly until Mehdi meets Marie, a young French woman caught up in the social life of the expatriate community.

2nd feature

Les films du Veyrier (France)
Jean Bréhat

Furyo Films (France)
Emma Binet



Agora Films (Morocco)
Souad Lamriki

Novak Prod (Belgium)
Olivier Dubois

International Sales

Pyramide Films (France)
Eric Lagesse

Director’s statement

Behind the Palm Trees starts out as a romance, but gradually shifts to become a psychological thriller with a much darker atmosphere. My film is a love story, between Medhi, a modest young Moroccan, and Marie, a young French expatriate with a luxurious life. But behind the palm trees, “History” inevitably played a part through the relationship of domination that still exists between Morocco and France.

With this film, I would like to follow a passion that will be consumed by cultural, economic and social differences. I would like to question our individual relationship to love and equality in a couple, but also to question love in its political dimension and to examine the way in which the family and, more broadly, society infiltrates the intimate.

This film is above all the story of the failure of a man, who will have given everything for the illusion of a perfect happiness and social success, but who will be condemned to return to his family. 


Meryem Benm'Barek
Meryem Benm'Barek

Meryem Benm’Barek was born in Rabat, Morocco. She grew up between Morocco, France and Belgium. In 2010, she enrolled in film direction studies at INSAS in Brussels, where she directed several short films including Jennah, selected in several international festivals and listed for the 2015 Oscars. In 2018, Sofia, her first feature film won the Best Screenplay Award at the Cannes Film Festival in the Un Certain Regard section, before winning several international awards.

Jean Bréhat
Jean Bréhat

Jean Bréhat has produced 45 films with 11 official entries at the Oscars (best foreign language films) and 4 nominations, 12 awards at Cannes including 3 Palmes d’Or for Best actor and Best actress, 2 Grand Prix, 1 Silver Bear at Berlin and many other awards in major festivals. 

He produces the films of many directors including Rachid Bouchared, Bruno Dumont, Roschdy Zem, Youssef Chahine, Ziad Doueri, Karim Dridi etc... Jean Bréhat has the desire to produce international talents and films in international co-productions.

Total budget

€2 500 000

Financing secured

€420 000

Partners attached

Pyramide Distribution (France)

Shooting period and locations

February - March 2023, Marrakech (Morocco)

Expected delivery

May 2024

Looking for

TV broadcasters, Moroccan distributors, financial partners

Other Projects in development