The Man Who Sold His Skin

The Man Who Sold His Skin

Original Name: L'homme Qui A Vendu Sa Peau
English Name: The Man Who Sold His Skin
Year: 2020
Run Time: 100 min
Language: Arabic, English, French
Type (Colour/ Black & white) : Colour
Country: Tunisia, France, Belgium, Sweden, Germany, Qatar, Saudi Arabia
Director: Kaouther Ben Hania
Producer: Nadim Cheikhrouha, Habib Attia, Annabella Nezri, Thanassis Karathanos, Martin Hampel, Andreas Rocksen
Cast: Yahya Mahayni, Dea Liane, Monica Bellucci, Koen De Bouw, Wim Delvoye
Screenplay: Kaouther Ben Hania
Cinematographer: Christopher Aoun
Editor: Marie-Hélène Dozo
Sound Designer: Anders Billing Vive, Leny Andrieux
Music Composer: Amine Bouhafa
Costume Designer: Randa Khedher
Production Designer: Sophie Abdelkefi
Production Company: Tanit Films, Cinetelefilms, Twenty Twenty Vision, Kwassa Films, Laika Film & Television
World Sales: BAC Films
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  • Venice IFF 2020

Director’s Selected Filmography :

  • 2017 Beauty and the Dogs
  • 2016 Zainab Hates The Snow (Documentary)
  • 2014 Challat of Tunis
  • 2010 Imams Go To School (Documentary)

Director’s Biography:

Kaouther Ben Hania

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 In 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 2014 and was widely distributed. Her documentary Zaineb Hates the Snow premiered at Locarno FF 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, her latest feature film, had its premiere in Venice.


Sam Ali, a young sensitive and impulsive Syrian, 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 sulphurous contemporary artist. Turning his own body into a prestigious piece of art, Sam will however come to realise that his decision might actually mean anything but freedom.