Sweden chose The boy from heavenDirector Tariq Saleh’s Egypt-set political thriller as its contender for the 2023 Oscar in the Best International Feature category.
The boy from heaven It premiered in competition at Cannes this year, where it won Best Screenplay honors for Saleh.
Set within Cairo’s historic Al-Azhar Mosque and University (mostly filmed in Istanbul), The boy from heaven Follows Adam (newcomer Tawfiq Barhom) on his journey from innocent villager to promising young Muslim scholar at a world-renowned school, who becomes the target of corrupt state security officer Ibrahim (veteran Swedish actor and Saleh regular, Fares Fares). Al-Azhar is tasked with spying. As the film opens, the institution’s grand imam has died, leaving a power vacuum that the Egyptian government hopes to fill by placing his man at the head of the mosque.
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Saleh, with Chris Pine reprising directing duties for the action ContractorHe had his international breakthrough with the 2017 political noir The Nile Hilton incidentAnother Egypt-set feature starring Fares.
Sweden punched above its weight at the Academy Awards with 16 nominations in the Best International Feature category. However, all three Swedish Oscar winners were directed by the same man: Ingmar Bergman, who won back-to-back honors. Virgin Spring In 1960 and Through a glass darkly In 1961, and Fanny and Alexander In 1983.