Sam Ali, a Syrian young man, took refuge in Lebanon to flee the Syrian civil war. There, he meets Jeffrey Godefroi, a famous tattoo artist, who makes Mr Ali's back his canvas for a piece of work. Soon, Mr Ali becomes aliving work of art, worth an astronomical sum on the art market,l. Collectors are interested, auction goes up, human rights activists are outraged. Mr Ali must get out of the predicament he's in; the man who sold his skin.Written by
Kaouther Ben Hania was visiting the Louvre Museum in Paris in 2012 which at the time was devoting a retrospective to Belgium artist Wim Delvoye. There she saw, in Napoleon III Apartments, Delvoye's Tim, (2006 - 08) in which the artist had tattooed the back of Tim Steiner, who was sitting on an armchair with his shirt off displaying Delvoye's design. The piece was sold to a German art collector and Tim is contractually obliged to spend a certain amount of time, topless and sitting still, in a gallery every year. Wim Delvoye appears in the movie as the insurance guy. See more »
The Man Who Sold His Skin is Tunisia's official submission to the Oscars and was shortlisted. It's just a masterpiece. It's original, smart, different and powerful. Kawthar Ben Hania did an amazing job in writing and directing this movie, she's really a genius. The story is brilliant and tackles many interesting topics and a humane cause, and also delivers an important message. All of that portrayed so nicely in an artsy way that gives the movie a very awesome special atmosphere. The Man Who Sold His Skin is my favorite foreign-language film from last year and one of my favorite movies ever. See it whenever you get the chance to.
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