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Tunisian film industry wins prizes at France’s Lumieres awards |


PARIS – Tunisian film representatives took home prestigious awards at France’s 26th Lumieres Foreign Press Awards, highlighting impressive strides in the country’s film sector.

Tunisian filmmaker Kaouther Ben Hania’s “The Man Who Sold his Skin” was awarded the International Coproduction Lumiere Award, while Tunisian-French actor Sami Bouajila took home the Best Actor Lumiere Award for his performance in Mehdi Barsaoui’s “A Son.”

Tunisian film director Kaouther Ben Hania (L) and producer Nadim Cheikhrouha (R) pose during a photo session in Paris on January 15, 2021 following the 26th “Ceremonie des lumieres” cinema award ceremony. (AFP)
Tunisian film director Kaouther Ben Hania (L) and producer Nadim Cheikhrouha (R) pose during a photo session in Paris on January 15, 2021 following the 26th “Ceremonie des lumieres” cinema award ceremony. (AFP)

“The Man Who Sold his Skin,” also selected to represent Tunisia for best feature film at the 2021 Academy Awards in April, tells the story of a Syrian refugee who flees to Lebanon before traveling to Europe to connect with his fiance. To secure the funds for his trip, he makes an ill-fated deal to have his back tattooed as a Schengen visa by a controversial contemporary artist, turning his own body into a commodified work of art.

The film’s producer, Nadim Cheikhrouha, described it as an “exceptional international adventure.”

Actor Sami Bouajila’s prize for his role in “A Son” adds to his accomplished decades-long film career, which includes award-winning performances in films such as “Days of Glory” (2006) and “The Witnesses” (2008).

A poster of the film “The Man Who Sold his Skin.” (facebook)
A poster of the film “The Man Who Sold his Skin.” (facebook)

The Lumieres — the French equivalent of the American Golden Globes — was held Tuesday evening and broadcast on French TV channel Canal+. France-based foreign reporters vote on the film awards.



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