Foreign Body

Director: Raja Amari
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Director Raja Amari approached themes such as jihadism, class differences, power games, complex family relationships and unexpected sexual affinity, as well as the unstoppable waves of illegal immigration of North African youths to Europe.
The film world premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival, Canada, within the Special Presentations section.
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2016/ France - Tunisia92 min/ Drama
Original Title
Jassad Gharib
The film follows the first months in France of Samia, a young illegal immigrant who ran away from her brother. Haunted by the fear of being followed by her extremist brother whom she had denounced to the authorities, Samia first finds refuge at Imed’s home, a former acquaintance from her village, before ending up working for the rich widow Leila. These new meetings mingle with her headlong flight, where desire enhances tensions.
Hiam Abbass
Sarah Hannachi
Salim Kechiouche
Majd Mastoura
Screenwriter: Raja Amari
DOP: Aurélien Devaux
Editor: Guerric Catala
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Production Company(ies)
Nomadis Images
Mon Voisin Productions
Rhône-Alpes Cinéma
Dora Bouchoucha
Dominique Besnéhard
Michel Feller
film festivals
Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), Canada
Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF), UAE
Busan International Film Festival, South Korea
Cinemania Film Festival, Canada
Chennai International Film Festival, India
Berlin International Film Festival, Germany
Tripoli Film Festival, Lebanon
Middle East Now Festival, Italy
Festival International du Cinéma Méditerranéen de Tétouan, Morocco
Cairo International Film Festival (CIFF), Egypt
Film Africa Festival in London, UK
Arabian Sights Film Festival in Washington, DC, USA
RiverRun International Film Festival, USA
Slemani International Film Festival, Iraq
film awards
Best Screenplay at the RiverRun International Film Festival, USA
Jury Award at the Slemani International Film Festival, Iraq
“Such a timely topic and the film has the right ingredients to play well internationally.” Pamela Pianezza - Variety

“Her latest, “Foreign Body,” sends an immigration story into unexpected byways as it explores a relationship triangle.” Alissa Simon - Variety