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Boy from Heaven

OT: Walad Min Al Janna

Tarik Saleh // Sweden, France, Finland, 2022
Fiction Feature // FF2022
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In the heart of Islam: a thriller set in the al-Azhar University in Cairo reveals Egyptian society as heavily influenced by power games. For Adam, son of a simple fisherman, a dream has come true – he has won a scholarship to study at the renowned al-Azhar University, the epicentre of the Islamic world. When the dean suddenly dies in front of his students, a power struggle begins to decide his successor. The dubious civil servant Ibrahim takes on Adam as an informer, thus placing him firmly between the country’s political and religious elites, but also putting him in deadly danger.


Sweden’s official entry for the 2023 Academy Awards



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TARIK SALEH (*1972 in Stockholm) has Egyptian roots and works as a director, animator, graffiti artist, producer and writer. At its world premiere in Cannes, Boy from Heaven won the prize for Best Screenplay.



Walad Min Al Janna

Fiction Feature



Sweden, France, Finland


125 min

OV with German subtitles

Tarik Saleh

Tarik Saleh

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

Kristina Åberg, Fredrik Zander

Pierre Aïm

Pontus Borg

Theis Schmidt

Krister Linder

Roger Rosenberg

Denise Östhold

Ceren Sena Akgun

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