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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.
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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
film festivals World premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival, Canada, within the Special Presentations Section
film festivals Arab world premiere at the Dubai International Film Festival, UAE
film festivals Busan International Film Festival, South Korea, within the World Cinema Section
film festivals Cinemania Film Festival, Canada
film festivals Chennai International Film Festival, India
film festivals Berlin International Film Festival, Germany
film festivals Tripoli Film Festival, Lebanon
film festivals Middle East Now Festival, Italy
film festivals Festival International du Cinéma Méditerranéen de Tétouan, Morocco
film festivals Cairo International Film Festival, Egypt
film festivals Film Africa Festival in London, UK
film festivals Arabian Sights Film Festival in Washington, DC, USA
film awards
film awards Best Screenplay at the RiverRun International Film Festival
Jury Award at the Slemani International Film Festival, Iraq
“Such a timely topic and the film has the right ingredients to play well internationally.” Variety - Pamela Pianezza

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