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THE MAN WHO SOLD HIS SKIN

Kaouther Ben Hania

From Monday September 6th, in line with government guidelines, all patrons must show proof of vaccination upon entering the cinema screen.

Sam Ali, a sensitive, impulsive young Syrian, has fled to Lebanon to escape the war. Without legal status, he is unable to get a visa to go to Europe where his beloved Abeer lives. While making a meagre wage as a bartender in the art galleries of Beirut, he meets Jeffrey Godefroi, a provocative contemporary artist, with whom he concocts a bizarre and life-changing deal, agreeing to have a Schengen visa tattooed on his back, turning his own body into a prestigious piece of art. However, Sam will come to realize that his decision might mean anything but freedom. Oscar-nominated for Best International Feature film, and featuring a memorable supporting turn from Monica Bellucci, The Man Who Sold His Skin combines a biting art world satire with a more considered critique of the international refugee crisis, creating an unforgettable cinematic experience.

Notes by David O Mahony

104 mins, France-Tunisia-Belgium-Sweden-Germany, 2020, Digital, F-Rated.

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