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Boy From Heaven film image, director Tarik Saleh

North American Premiere

Suspenseful and provocative, Tarik Saleh’s film explores the tension between Islam and the Egyptian state. It’s the story of Adam (Tawfeek Barhom), a young man who has been awarded a scholarship to Al-Azhar, the school and mosque that sits at the centre of Islamic thought. Adam looks forward to a bright future, but there are powerful men with other plans. Soon, he finds himself a pawn in the struggle between State Security agents and radical religious leaders.

Boy from Heaven has the shrewd plotting of a thriller, with intrigue, betrayal, murder, and more. It’s also a fascinating exploration of religion and politics, and the uneasy relationship between the two. Saleh directs with brio and a sure sense of place, and his lead actor is superbly expressive: the wide-eyed Barhom radiates angst and repressed energy, claiming our sympathy from the first moments of the film.

Compelling… an intriguingly damning portrait of the corruption currently hitting Egypt on all levels.”—Jordan Mintzer, The Hollywood Reporter

Best Screenplay, Cannes 2022

Director
Cast

Tawfeek Barhom, Fares Fares, Mohammad Bakri, Makram J. Khoury, Sherwan Haji, Mehdi Dehbi

Credits
Country of Origin

Sweden/France/Finland

Year

2022

Language

In Arabic with English subtitles

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18+
125 min
Action & Suspense Award Winners Drama

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Credits

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Director

Tarik Saleh headshot, Boy From Heaven director

Tarik Saleh

Tarik Saleh was one of the top graffiti artists in Stockholm in the 1980s. He directed the documentaries Gitmo: The New Rules of War (2005) and Sacrificio: Who Betrayed Che Guevara (2001) together with Erik Gandini. His film debut Metropia (2009), a dystopian animation, premiered at the Venice Film Festival. He directed and wrote the screenplay for The Nile Hilton Incident (2017), which won the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance. He directed episodes of the HBO series Westworld (2018), the Showtime series Ray Donovan, and the action thriller, The Contractor (2022), starring Chris Pine, Ben Foster, and Kiefer Sutherland.

Filmography: Gitmo: The New Rules of War (2005); Metropia (2009); Tommy (2014); The Nile Hilton Incident (2017)