Fiche Film
Cinéma/TV
2016
Corps étranger (Foreign Body)
Raja Amari
Pays concerné : Tunisie
Réalisateur(s) : Raja Amari
Avec : Raja Amari, Hiam Abbass, Dora Bouchoucha, Dominique Besnehard, Salim Kechiouche, Lina Chaabane, Sarra Hannachi, Majd Mastoura
Durée : 92
Genre : drame
Type : fiction

Français

Samia, une jeune immigrante sans papiers, trouve un travail dans une famille parisienne de la classe moyenne. Sa présence change dramatiquement les relations au sein des membres de la famille. La personne la plus dépendante n’est pas toujours celle qu’on croit…

Un film de Raja Amari

Tunisie / France, 2016, Fiction, 1h32 minutes, 14A, couleur, arabe / français

avec Hiam Abbass, Sarra Hannachi, Salim Kechiouche

Producteurs délégués : Dora Bouchoucha, Dominique Besnéhard

Productrice : Lina Chaabane

Réalisatrice : Raja Amari

Scénariste : Raja Amari

Images : Aurélien Devaux

Montage : Guerric Catala

Son : Ludovic Escallier, Benoît Hillebrant, Cyril Holtz

Musique : Nicolas Becker

Bande Originale du Film (BOF) : Nicolas Becker

Décors : Rauf Helioui

ACTEURS / ACTRICES
Hiam Abbass (Leila)
Sarra Hannachi (Samia)
Salim Kechiouche (Imed)

Production Companies
Nomadis Images, Mon Voisin Productions

Primary Publicity
Ryan Bruce Levey film distribution and PR services

International Sales Agent
UDI – Urban Distribution International



2016 | 41st TIFF – Toronto International Film Festival
* Sélection / Special Presentations
* World Premiere / Première Mondiale
* Projection / Screening: Thu Sep 8
* Projection / Screening: Wed Sep 14
* Projection / Screening: Thu Sep 15
* Projection / Screening: Sun Sep 18
www.tiff.net/films/foreign-body/

2010 | Fonds Sanda (Abu Dhabi, 2010), candidate:
www.abudhabifilmfestival.ae/en/sanad/projects/2010/raja-amari

English

Samia, a young illegal immigrant, finds a job with a middle-class Parisian household. Her presence dramatically changes the relations among the members of the family. The most dependent person is not always the one we expect…

Seeking refuge from her Islamist radical brother whom she informed on, a young woman arrives in France illegally following Tunisia’s Jasmine Revolution and discovers a new world of both hope and danger, in the fourth feature from writer-director Raja Amari (Satin Rouge, Buried Secrets).

A film by Raja Amari

Tunisia / France, 2016, Fiction, 1hr32 minutes, 14A, colour, Arabic / French, with English subtitles

starring Hiam Abbass, Sarra Hannachi, Salim Kechiouche

Director’s Quote:
I like characters’ development to be liberating and driven by desire. Beyond social emacipation, what interests me most is how one may surpass oneself.’

NOTE OF THE PROGRAMMER (Toronto, TIFF 2016)
In the turbulent aftermath of the Tunisian revolution, young Samia (Sarra Hannachi) flees her homeland. She braves hostile seas in the crossing to France, but once there she finds that her struggles have only just begun. With no friends, no family, and – most crucially – no immigration papers, Samia has to figure out how to make a life and a living in a foreign land.

She meets a young man, Imed (Salim Kechiouche, Blue is the Warmest Color), and soon finds work in the employ of the elegant Leila (the inimitable Hiam Abbass, subject of an In Conversation With event at the Festival this year). But her presence in Leila’s middle-class household triggers a shift in its dynamics, and soon Samia is enmeshed in a web of sexual tension.

Timely as it is, Foreign Body seems to typify a media narrative of forced mass migration: desperate, distressing, impossible. The film transcends this sweeping, reductive thinking due to the way director Raja Amari immerses her camera in Samia’s new reality. She shoots with a close, handheld aesthetic that makes abstraction and generalization all but impossible, bringing us the story of a unique young woman.

Hannachi portrays her character’s inner turmoil brilliantly. Samia is sometimes ragged and sometimes refined, ranging from stoic to sensual, but this is not because she’s unstable. Rather, it’s because of her ability to change in response to different situations and environments – an ability born of necessity. This is a woman determined to survive at all costs.
Cameron BAILEY (Toronto, TIFF 2016)

Tags: Film, Migration + Diaspora, Female Experience, Female Director, Drama, Western Europe, Arab Experience

Executive Producers
Dora Bouchoucha, Dominique Besnéhard

Producer
Lina Chaabane

Director
Raja Amari

Director
Raja Amari

Screenplay
Raja Amari

Cinematographer
Aurélien Devaux

Editor
Guerric Catala

Production Designer
Rauf Helioui

Sound
Ludovic Escallier, Benoît Hillebrant, Cyril Holtz

Music
Nicolas Becker

Original Score
Nicolas Becker

CAST
Hiam Abbass (Leila)
Sarra Hannachi (Samia)
Salim Kechiouche (Imed)

Production Companies
Nomadis Images, Mon Voisin Productions

Primary Publicity
Ryan Bruce Levey film distribution and PR services

International Sales Agent
UDI – Urban Distribution International


2016 | 41st TIFF – Toronto International Film Festival
* Sélection / Special Presentations
* World Premiere / Première Mondiale
* Projection / Screening: Thu Sep 8
* Projection / Screening: Wed Sep 14
* Projection / Screening: Thu Sep 15
* Projection / Screening: Sun Sep 18
www.tiff.net/films/foreign-body/

2010 | Fonds Sanda (Abu Dhabi, 2010), candidate:
www.abudhabifilmfestival.ae/en/sanad/projects/2010/raja-amari