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Boy from Heaven
Adam, the son of a fisherman, unexpectedly enters al-Azhar, the prestigious Islamic university in Cairo. “Your soul is still pure, but every second in this place will corrupted,” he is whispered prophetically in the first scenes of the film. While Adams settles in his new life, the university's grand imam dies, which opens up a brutal conflict finding its replacement. The State will try to impose theirs, secular and moderate, and drive out any extremist influence; but in order to do so they will need informers, trustworthy yet expendable individuals. Taking advantage of a great contrast of spaces, Boy from Heaven develops an intrigue among the solemnity of the mosques and the lights of an already westernized city. While being a taut political thriller, the film also takes its stance and provides a testimony of the agitated times following the Arab Spring.
Tarik Saleh started his career as a graffiti artist in Stockholm. He made his fiction film debut with the animated dystopia Metropia. He wrote and directed The Nile Hinton Incident, awarded at Sundance 2017, and directed the thrillers Tommy (2014) and The Contractor (2022).
G: Tarik Saleh
F: Pierre Aïm
E: Theis Schmidt
DA: Roger Rosenberg
S: Fredrik Jonsäter
M: Krister Linder
P: Kristina Äberg, Fredrik Zander
CP: Atmo, Memento Production, Bufo
I: Tawfeek Barhom, Fares Fares, Mohammad Bakri, Makram J.Khoury