The Man Who Sold His Skin

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    Feature Film | 2019-2020 | Drama | Belgium, France, Germany, Sweden, Tunisia

    Brief 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.


    ActorRole nameVoice actor / SpeakerVoice actor
    Yahya MahayniSam Ali [L]Asad Schwarz
    Déa LianeAbeer [L]
    Koen De BouwJeffrey Godefroi [L]
    Monica BellucciSoraya Waldy [GS]
    Saad LostanZiad [SR]
    Darina Al JoundiSam's mother [SR]
    Jan DahdouhHazem [SR]
    Christian VadimWilliam [SR]
    Marc de PandaMarc Sheen [SR]
    Najoua ZouhairSam's sister [SR]
    Husam ChadatAdel Saadi [SR]
    Nadim CheikhrouhaMuseum guard [SR]
    Rémi SarminiPoliceman 1 [SR]
    Mouldi KridenPoliceman 2 [SR]
    Rupert Wynne-JamesMartin. Curator of Museum [SR]
    Wim DelvoyeInsurance man [SR]
    Ingo BroschAuctioneer [BP]


    1st ADMarie Fischer [1]
    Vfx supervisorJean-Michel Boublil
    ColoristDirk Meier
    Director of photographyChristopher Aoun
    Camera operatorNestor Salazar
    Costume designerRanda Khedher
    DirectorKaouther Ben Hanja
    Script supervisorKhadija Babai-Bouassida
    EditorMarie-Hélène Dozo
    Key makeup artistMaryline Scarselli
    Fx makeup artistFlorence Depestele
    ComposerAmin Bouhafa
    ProducerThanassis Karathanos
    ProducerHabib Attia
    ProducerMartin Hampel
    ProducerAnnabella Nezri
    ProducerNadim Cheikhrouha
    ProducerAndreas Rocksen
    Production designerSophie Abdelke
    Graphic artistDelphine Chollet
    Production managerKhaled W. Barsaoui
    Production managerMarie-Sophie Volkenner
    Production managerJacques Reboud
    ScreenwriterKaouther Ben Hanja
    Sound re-recording mixerLeny Andrieux
    Sound editorAnders Billing Vive

    Distributing companies

    BAC Films [fr]International Sales


    Cameras and UtilitiesVantage Film GmbH


    Award winnerYearAwardCategory 
    Kaouther Ben Hanja2020Venice Film Festival [it]Orizzonti AwardNominated
    Kaouther Ben Hanja2020Venice Int' Film Festival [it]Edipo Re AwardWinner
    Yahya Mahayni2020Venice Film Festival [it]Orrizonti - Best ActorWinner
    Christopher Aoun2021German Camera Award [de]Fiction filmNominated


    2020ItalyVenice Film FestivalOrizzonti


    PremiereSaturday, 05/09/2020Venice Film Festival [it]