The Man Who Sold His Skin

classified 15 S
Film

Please note: This was screened in Oct 2021

Director
Kaouther Ben Hania
Cast
Yahya Mahayni, Dea Liane, Koen De Bouw
Details
104 mins, Subtitled, 2020, Tunisia, France, Belgium, Germany, Sweden, Turkey
Primary language
Arabic

A beautifully shot, thought-provoking Oscar®-nominated satire about the art world, refugee politics in Europe, and the possibility of freedom.

When his girlfriend leaves Syria for Brussels, sensitive and impulsive Sam (Yahya Mahayni) is willing to do whatever it takes to be reunited with the love of his life - including agreeing to have his back tattooed by one of the world’s most controversial 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…

Based on the true story of a Swiss man who agreed to let Belgian artist Wim Delvoye (who makes a cameo in the film) turn his back into a tattooed work, this is an audacious look at the commodification of human beings that deservedly earned an Oscar® nomation for Best International Feature.