In the chaotic aftermath of the Tunisia’s Jasmine Revolution, many fled their homeland braved hostile travel conditions in order to find refuge abroad. This is the premise of Raja Amari’s new film “Foreign Body,” which follows the young Samia (Sarra Hannachi) as she illegally arrives in France only to discover a new set of struggles. With no family or immigration papers, Samia reconnects with Imed (Salim Kechiouche), a young man from her past, and soon finds work in the employ of the elegant Leila (Hiam Abbass), but Samia finds herself caught in a web of sexual tension and class anxiety between the two of them. Watch an exclusive trailer for the film below and check out the poster as well.
Amari has previously directed “Satin Rouge,” about a widow who takes up belly dancing, and “Buried Secrets,” about a family living in a deserted mansion. Meanwhile, acclaimed actress Hiam Abbass has appeared in numerous films over the years, including Steven Spielberg’s “Munich,” Tom McCarthy’s “The Visitor,” and Eran Riklis’ “Lemon Tree.”
“Foreign Body” will have its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival tonight, September 14th, at 7:30pm at the TIFF Bell Lightbox. The director and cast will be in attendance for the screening. World sales rights are handled by Urban Distribution International.
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