The Man Who Sold His Skin
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    The Man Who Sold His Skin

    Directed by

    Tunisia, France, Belgium, Sweden, Germany

    2020

    100 min

    • Arabic
    • English
    • French

    Drama

    Scope Expanded - 2021 Academy Award Submissions

    Sam Ali, a young sensitive and impulsive Syrian, left his country for Lebanon to escape the war. To be able to travel to Europe and live with the love of his life, he accepts to have his back tattooed by one of by the World’s most sulfurous contemporary artist. Turning his own body into a prestigious piece of art, Sam will however come to realize that his decision might actually mean anything but freedom.

    Awards

    • Orizzonti Award for Best Actor to Yahya Mahayni - VENICE FF 2020
    • Tunisia's Official Submission to the 93rd Academy Awards

    Festivals

    Labels & Line Ups

    Credits

    Cast
    Yahya Mahayni
    Monica Bellucci
    Dea Liane
    Saad Lostan
    Screenplay
    Kaouther Ben Hania
    Cinematography
    Christopher Aoun
    Editing
    Marie-Hélène Dozo
    Music
    Amin Bouhafa
    Sales
    BAC FILMS
    Production
    TANIT FILMS
    Production
    CINETELEFILMS
    Production
    TWENTY TWENTY VISION
    Production
    KWASSA FILMS

    Press

    A biting art-world satire, turning a Syrian refugee’s quest to reunite with his lost love...into a slick, sublimely shot musing on freedom

    Screen Daily

    The filmmaker has provided herself with an unexplored, highly stimulating narrative space

    Cineuropa

    Kaouther Ben Hania

    Kaouther Ben Hania

    Tunisia

    I love characters who are left with no choices

    Director and screenwriter, Kaouther Ben Hania, born in Sidi Bouzid (Tunisia), initially studied commerce, then entered the École des Arts et du Cinéma de Tunis (EDAC) where she made three short films: LA BRECHE (2004), followed by ME, MY SISTER AND "THE THING" (2006), WOODEN HAND (2013) and her first feature film, CHALLAT OF TUNIS (2013), which opened the section ACID in Cannes in 2014 and won the Syndicat Français de la Critique de Cinéma prize at the Amiens festival. Her feature ZAINEB HATES THE SNOW (2016) premiered at FF Locarno. Her BEAUTY AND THE DOGS (2017) screened in the Un Certain Regard section of the 70th Cannes FF.

    Selected Filmography