Irish Film Institute -THE MAN WHO SOLD HIS SKIN


Director: Kaouther Ben Hania

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

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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

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