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Status In post-production

Director Kaouther BEN HANIA

Cast Monica BELLUCCI, Yahya MAHAY, Liane DEA, Koen DE BOUW & Wim DELVOYE

Genre Drama

Synopsis Sam Ali, a Syrian young man, took refuge in Lebanon to flee the Syrian civil war. There, he meets Jeffrey Godefroi, a famous American contemporary artist. The artist makes Sam Ali his piece of work by tattooing his back. Sam Ali then passes from the status of vulgar “undocumented” to that of a work of art internationally sought after. His tattooed skin is worth an astronomical sum on the art market, collectors are interested, auction goes up, human rights activists are outraged. How to get out of such a trap, how to become a man again when one is relegated to the status of a commercial good? This is the dilemma of Sam Ali, the man who sold his skin.

Producers Tanit Films (FR), Cinetelefilms (TN)

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

Partners CNC, Ciclic, Rambourg Foundation, OIF, Metafora, Ministry of Culture (FR), Swedish Film Fund, Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur Region, Belga Films Fund and the support of the Belgian Tax Shelter, Eurimage and BeTV

International Sales Bac Films International