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Foreign Body by Director Raja Amari Competes in Forum Section at Berlinale

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Sixth Participation by the Film in International Festivals

Foreign Body by Director Raja Amari Competes in Forum Section at Berlinale


After five successful participations at international film festivals, director Raja Amar's film Foreign Body returns to the festival scene through the Forum section of the 67th Berlin International Film Festival (9 - 19 February), marking its European premiere, as MAD Solutions will be responsible for the film's distribution in the Arab world.

This is the film's sixth participation since it competed in December of 2016 in the Muhr Feature competition at Dubai International Film Festival, Chennai International Film Festival in India, and it also landed its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival, and it was part of the Cinemania Film Festival in Canada, and Busan International Film Festival (BIFF) in South Korea.

The film follows the first months in France of Samia, a young illegal immigrant who ran away from her brother. Haunted by the fear of being followed by her extremist brother whom she had denounced to the authorities, Samia first finds refuge at Imed's home, a former acquaintance from her village, before ending up working for the rich widow Leila. These new meetings mingle with her headlong flight, where desire enhances tensions.

Foreign Body is written and directed by Raja Amari, and stars Palestinian eminent actress Hiam Abbass, Sarah Hannachi, Salim Kechiouche, and Majd Mastoura (the Silver Bear award for Best Actor at the 66th Berlinale). The film is co-produced by Dora Bouchoucha and Dominique Besnéhard, alongside Nomadis Images and Mon Voisin Productions, while MAD Solutions is responsible for Arab world distribution and Urban Distribution International (UDI) handles worldwide distribution.

Raja Amari is a Tunisian director known for the short One Evening in July, which won the First Prize
at the Festival of African Cinema in Milan. Her award-winning films include; Satin Rouge (2002), which won the Best Feature Film Award at the Torino Film Festival, the documentary Seekers of Oblivion (2004), and the film Buried Secrets (2009) that was an official selection at the Venice International Film Festival.