In The Man Who Sold His Skin, directed by Kaouther Ben Hania, Tunisian film nominated for Best International Film Oscar, Sam Ali, is a young sensitive and impulsive Syrian, who has 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.
We had the opportunity of interviewing Kaouther Ben Hania about making of The Man Who Sold His Skin:
Tunisian director Kaouther Ben Hania studied cinema in Tunisia and then in Paris – Femis and la Sorbonne. Her previous film Beauty and the Dogs, premiered at Cannes Film Festival official selection “Un Certain Regard” in 2017, won the Best Sound Creation Award and was distributed in many countries.
Challat of Tunis, her first feature, opened the ACID section at Cannes Film Festival 2014 and was widely distributed. Her second documentary Zaineb hates the Snow premiered at Locarno Film Festival 2016 and won several awards.
Imams go to School, her first documentary premiered at IDFA 2010. She also directed several shorts, including Wooden Hand, (2013) and Sheikh’s watermelons (2018) which had a long and successful run on the international festival circuit. The Man Who Sold His Skin is her latest feature film.