The Man Who Sold His Skin
Fiction, Director: Kaouther Ben Hania, Tunisia/France/Belgium/Sweden/Germany, 2020, 100 min., Arab./Fr./En./Swe with En. ST
Sam Ali (Yahya Mahayni), 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 artists. 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. In this skillfully crafted film, Ben Hania offers an audacious and often brutally ironic perspective on the humanitarian crisis in Syria, migration and the commodity of human life. The film premiered at the Venice International Film Festival and has been nominated for the Oscar of the Best International Feature Film.