The film had its world premiere as part of the Horizon section of the 77th Venice Film Festival 2020, where it won Best Film and Best Actor (Yahya Mahayni).
Director Kauther Ben Hania also won the Edipo Re Award.
The film also won Best Arab Film in the Feature Narrative Competition of Gouna Film Festival 2020 and Best Screenplay at Stockholm Film Festival 2020.
The Man Who Sold His Skin is loosely inspired by the legend of Faust, with the script revolving around the love story of a Syrian couple, Sam Ali (Yahya Mahayni) and girlfriend Abeer (Dea Liane).
Ali, a sensitive and impulsive young Syrian, moved to Lebanon to escape the war and has covered his body in tattoos in an attempt to access Europe.
France’s Lumieres Awards was first held in 1996, celebrating French cinema. The prizes are awarded by Academie des Lumières, which is composed of international journalists based in France.
The Lumieres’ 26th edition was televised with its President American Journalist Lisa Nesselson and the voting members seated in the studio. The event was hosted by French Journalists Laurie Cholewa and Laurent Weil.
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