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Status World Premiere at Venice International Film Festival, Orizzonti section

Director Kaouther BEN HANIA


Genre Drama

Synopsis 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.

Producers Tanit Films (FR), Cinetelefilms (TN)

Coproducer Kwassa Films, Laika Films (SE), Twenty Twenty Vision (DE)

In association with Guillaume Rambourg, Lassaad & Rafik Kilani, ZDF / ARTE

In coproduction with METAFORA MEDIA PRODUCTION, SUNNYLAND FILM  as member of A.R.T GROUP, Film i Väst, VOO et Be Tv, Istiqlal Films

With the support of EURIMAGES, La Région SUD, en partenariat avec le CNC, Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg, Ministère des affaires culturelles – CNCI – Tunisie, Centre du Cinéma et de l’Audiovisuel de la Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles, Tax Shelter du Gouvernement Fédéral Belge via Belga Films Fund, Centre national du cinéma et de l’image animée – France, Centre national du cinéma et de l’image CNCI – Tunisie – Aide à la coproduction franco-tunisienne, The Swedish Film Institute, FONDS IMAGE DE LA FRANCOPHONIE, la Sacem

International Sales Bac Films International

Distribution Belgium Cinéart

Distribution France Bac Films Distribution

Selections Mostra de Venise 2020 (section Orizzonti), Cinemed Montpellier 2020, El Gouna Film Festival 2020, Festival du Film méditerranéen Arte Mare 2020, Stockholm Film festival 2020, Tokyo International Film Festival 2020, Oscars – Academy Awards 2021 (Nominee for Best International Film), Seville European Film Festival 2020 (Spain), Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival 2020, Zurich Film Festival 2021, Kolkata International Film Festival 2021 (India), International Film Festival of Kerlala 2021 (India), Pune International Film Festival 2021(India), Stockfish Film Festival 2021 (Iceland), Prague International Film Festival – Febiofest 2021, Edinburgh International Film Festival 2021, Magritte Award 2022 (nominee for Best Foreign Film in Coproduction)

Awards Best Actor Awards at Mostra de Venise 2020 (section Orizzonti),  «Edipo Re for inclusion» at Mostra de Venise 2020, Public MGEN Award and Young Jury Award at Festival Arte Mare 2020, Best Arab Film Award at El Gouna Film Festival 2020, Best International co-production Award at the 26th Lumiere Awards, Best scenario Award at Stockholm Film festival 2020