The doings of the international art world often seem arcane and over the top, but never moreso than as depicted in The Man Who Sold His Skin . This is a madly dramatic and engrossing melodrama about a political refugee whose unique predicament bundles with it issues pertaining to personal and political identity, the Middle East quagmire, romantic rejection and the outer limits of art world presumption and extravagance. Tunisia's shortlisted submission in the International Feature Oscar race is a very tasty couscous of fine ingredients and flat-out entertaining enough to warrant significant international exposure. Kaouther Ben Hania 's follow-up to her 2017 Cannes Un Certain Regard selection Beauty And The Dogs is notable for its gutsy narrative moves, rich visuals and sheer drive, which marks her, along with her notably resourceful and elegant Lebanese cinematographer Christopher Aoun, as talents who should emerge even more decisively before long. Related Story Int’l Critics Line: Anna Smith On Japan’s Runaway Box Office Smash ‘Demon Slayer’ The sharp filmmaking skills neatly dovetail with the audacity of the storyline, in which Ben Hania takes her hapless hero on a journey from dejected spurned lover to the latest Big Thing on the Euro art scene…. Read full this story
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