The Man Who Sold His Skin has received worldwide critical acclaim including a Best International Film nomination at this year’s Academy Awards – the first Tunisian film ever to be nominated – an Orizzonti Award for Best Actor for Yahya Mahayni and a Edipo Re for Inclusion Award both at the Venice International Film Festival.
The Man Who Sold His Skin tells the story of Sam Ali, a sensitive but impulsive young Syrian man who is forced to leave his country for Lebanon to escape the war. In order to travel to Europe to be with the love of his life, he agrees to have his back tattooed by one of the world’s most sulphurous contemporary artists. By turning his body into a prestigious piece of art, Sam finds himself held captive to the whims of the artist and the art world, proving his decision might mean anything but the freedom he so fiercely sought.
The Man Who Sold His Skin takes a profound look at the value of human life and the acts of objectification and exploitation used as a promise of so-called freedom. Based on real events, The Man Who Sold His Skin also examines the art industry as well as the life and struggles of a refugee.