Tunisia Scores First-Ever Oscar Nomination For Film "The Man Who Sold His Skin"
Tunisian film "The Man Who Sold His Skin", directed by Kaouther Ben Hania's has been nominated under the Best Foreign Language Category. The film is inspired by a Belgian contemporary artist and is about a Syrian man whom the artist uses as a canvas in order to get to Europe.
The film's stars an Italian actress named Monica Bellucci and Yahya Mahyani, and Belgian Koen De Bouw from Syria. Ben Hania, the first-ever Tunisian director to be nominated for an Oscar, has welcomed the historical moment and uses her voice to advocate for North African country's authorities to support homegrown Cinema. "I hope the Oscar nomination will lead to more support for cinema and filmmakers in Tunisia", said the filmmaker.
Born n a marginalised rural town of Sidi Bouzid, the French-Tunisian director has won plaudits at the Cannes Film Festival in 2017 for her feature-length film Beauty and the Dogs; a story about a Tunisian woman who, after being raped, fought for justice. According to reports, Tunisian Cinema has since grown after Zine El Abidine Ben Ali's dictatorship tenor. The new generation of screenwriter and directors has subsequently started telling stories with a social and political view.