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Nominated for Best International Film at the 2021 Academy Awards!


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 having his back tattooed by one of the world’s most sulfurous contemporary artists. Turning his own body into a prestigious piece of art, Sam will come to realize that his decision might actually mean anything but freedom.


Writer/director Kaouther Ben Hania offers a ferociously satirical look at politics, class and art filtered through a gripping story of a Faustian pact between the privileged and the damned, propelled by an excellent cast including Yahya Mahayni, Koen De Bouw and Monica Bellucci.


"A real original." — Deadline Hollywood


"It weaves together satire and humane political awareness to create an original fable about art, privilege, freedom and identity." — NPR

  • Year
    2020
  • Runtime
    104 minutes
  • Language
    Arabic
  • Country
    Tunisia
  • Director
    Kaouther Ben Hania
  • Screenwriter
    Kaouther Ben Hania
  • Cast
    Yahya Mahayni, Dea Liane, Koen De Bouw, Monica Bellucci, Saad Lostan
  • Cinematographer
    Christopher Aoun
  • Editor
    Marie-Hélène Dozo
  • Music
    Amine Bouhafa