The Man Who Sold His Skin


Studio Soho Distribution is thrilled to announce that the bold and provocative Academy Award nominated film, The Man Who Sold His Skin, will be in cinemas from 24th September. 

The Man Who Sold His Skin has received worldwide critical acclaim including a Best International Film nomination at this year’s Academy Awards – the first Tunisian film ever to be nominated – an Orizzonti Award for Best Actor for Yahya Mahayni and an Edipo Re for Inclusion Award both at the Venice International Film Festival. 

The Man Who Sold His Skin tells the story of Sam Ali, a sensitive but impulsive young Syrian man who is forced to leave his country for Lebanon to escape the war. In order to travel to Europe to be with the love of his life, he agrees to have his back tattooed by one of the world’s most sulphurous contemporary artists. By turning his body into a prestigious piece of art, Sam finds himself held captive to the whims of the artist and the art world, proving his decision might mean anything but the freedom he so fiercely sought. 

The Man Who Sold His Skin takes a profound look at the value of human life and the acts of objectification and exploitation used as a promise of so-called freedom. Based on real events, The Man Who Sold His Skin also examines the art industry as well as the life and struggles of a refugee. 


About Studio Soho 

Studio Soho Distribution (Studio Soho) is a boutique film releasing company based in Portland Mews, Soho. Studio Soho offers Theatrical, Home Entertainment and Television Sales for Independent Feature Films, produced in the UK and Internationally. The company utilises the country’s premium DVD sales team and works with The DDA Group to bring personalised marketing campaigns across its slate. Studio Soho’s first feature, ‘Mum’s List’, was released in November 2016 across 120 screens, launched at number 1 on Amazon, number 3 in the new releases’ DVD chart for all retailers, and subsequently sold to both Sky and BBC. 

Studio Soho is fast developing a strong reputation for releasing films with important social messages, a few examples of their recent releases include BAFTA nominated ‘Pili’ (2017), two multi-award-winning films ‘My Feral Heart’ (2016) and ‘Undocument’ (2019) and ’Come as you are’ (2020), ‘Here we are’ (2021) and ’The Surrogate’ (2021) all obtaining multiple 4 and 5 star reviews. This has been achieved through their specialised marketing campaigns and with an abundance of care, they have managed to secure a wide range of important films are reaching their audience. 

Every project is given a unique and innovative marketing strategy. Although not exclusively, Studio Soho looks for titles that have an element of ‘true story’ and may deal with social issues. Uniquely, Studio Soho always releases titles theatrically, ensuring producers see their films on the big screen, as they are intended for and also helps future home entertainment and broadcast sales. 

Located in the heart of Soho’s creative district, Studio Soho is just one of the companies under parent company, Film Soho, which are housed in an impressive period building at 1-4 Portland Mews, Soho. The other companies include krADR, which boasts the largest dedicated ADR sound stage in Central London, Soho Talent and Captain Dolly, development and production companies, post production facility, Film Post, as well as international distribution company Studio Soh.

Starring Yahya Mahayni, Dea Liane, Monica Bellucci and Koen De Bouw

The Man Who Sold His Skin is in cinemas on 24th September