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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 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.


Academy Award Nominee

Best International Feature Film, Tunisia


Stockholm Film Festival

Winner Best Screenplay


Venice Film Festival

Winner Edipo Re Award (Università degli Studi di Padova e ResInt Rete dell'Economia Sociale Internazionale)


Winner Best Actor Yahya Mahayni

  • Year
    2021
  • Runtime
    104 min
  • Language
    Arabic, English, French
  • Country
    United States
  • Premiere
    04/13/2021
  • Rating
    NR
  • Director
    Kaouther Ben Hania
  • Screenwriter
    Kaouther Ben Hania
  • Producer
    Martin Hampel, Thanassis Karathanos, Annabella Nezri, Andreas Rocksén
  • Executive Producer
    Habib Attia, Nadim Cheikhrouha
  • Co-Producer
    Anthony Muir
  • Cast
    Yahya Mahayni, Dea Liane, Koen De Bouw, Monica Bellucci, Saad Lostan
  • Cinematographer
    Christopher Aoun
  • Music
    Amin Bouhafa