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20TH edition NOVEMBER 24 TO DECEMBER 2, 2023

Director, screenwriter, producer

Tarik Saleh

Sweden, Egypt

Of Egyptian origin, director, screenwriter, and producer Tarik Saleh began his career in the mid-1980s as one of Sweden’s most acclaimed graffiti artists. His mural Fascinate (1989) is the first to be protected by the Swedish state as a work of cultural heritage, and is one of the world’s oldest extant graffiti paintings. In 2001, together with Erik Gandini, Saleh made his co-directorial debut with Sacrificio: Who Betrayed Che Guevara?. The year 2017 saw the premiere of his international breakthrough, The Nile Hilton Incident, which won numerous awards including the Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival and the Guldbagge Best Film Award. Saleh’s psychological thriller Cairo Conspiracy (or Boy from Heaven, 2022), had its premiere at the Festival de Cannes, where it won the Best Screenplay award as well as the prestigious Prix François Chalais for the film’s “dedication to the values of life affirmation and of journalism.”

* Cairo Conspiracy (Boy from Heaven) / La Conspiration du Caire (2002) – Best Screenplay / Meilleur scénario – Festival de Cannes & Guldbagge Awards (Swedish Film Institute / Institut suédois du cinéma)

The Contractor (2022)

* The Nile Hilton Incident / Le Caire confidentiel (2017) – World Cinema Jury Prize / Prix du Jury World Cinema – Sundance Film Festival • Best Film / Meilleur film – Guldbagge Awards (Swedish Film Institute / Institut suédois du cinéma)

Westworld (2016, TV series)

Tommy (2014)

* Metropia (2006)

* Sacrificio: Who Betrayed Che Guevara (2001)


* also screenwriter