Be2Can / Movies / Boy from Heaven
Boy from Heaven
Best Screenplay
Prix François Chalais Prize
On the first day back after the summer holidays, the grand imam collapses and dies in front of his students in a prestigious university in Cairo. This marks the start of a ruthless battle for influence to take his place.
Adam, the son of a fisherman, is offered the ultimate privilege to study at the Al-Azhar University in Cairo, the epicenter of power of Sunni Islam. Shortly after his arrival in Cairo, the university’s highest ranking religious leader, the Grand Imam, suddenly dies and Adam soon becomes a pawn in a ruthless power struggle between Eqypt’s religious and political elite. After dissecting the quickening of Egypt's revolution in The Nile Hilton Incident in 2017, Tarik Saleh made his in Competition debut at the Festival de Cannes with Boy From Heaven. The film was inspired by Umberto Eco's The Name of the Rose, but takes audiences to al-Azhar University in Cairo, where the death of the Grand Imam could change the power dynamics of the country.

Tarik Saleh

Tarik Saleh started as one of the top graffiti artists in Stockholm in the 80’s. He directed and wrote the screenplay for The Nile Hilton Incident that won ‘The Grand Jury Prize’ at Sundance 2017, received a Guldbagge Award for ‘Best Film’ in 2018, was nominated as ‘Best Foreign Film’ at the César Awards and was a box office hit with more than 400,000 tickets sold in France. He directed action thriller, The Contractor (2022) with staring Chris Pine, Ben Foster and Kiefer Sutherland. Several episodes of the futuristic HBO-series Westworld (2018) and Showtimes-series Ray Donovan. The thriller Tommy (2014) with Ola Rapace, Moa Gammel and singer-songwriter Lykke Li for whom he also directed the music video I Follow Rivers that have about 80 million views on YouTube. His film debut came with Metropia (2009), a dystopic animation with Stellan Skarsgård, Juliette Lewis, Vincent Gallo and Udo Kier. The film premiered at the Venice Film Festival as the opening film for Critics’ Week. Tarik Saleh also directed the documentaries Gitmo: The New Rules of War (2005) and Sacrificio: Who Betrayed Che Guevara (2001) together with Erik Gandini. Tarik Saleh founded the production company Atmo with producer Kristina Åberg.

Directed by
Tarik Saleh
Written by
Tarik Saleh
Edited by
Theis Schmidt
Pierre Aïm
Sound by
Krister Linder
Tawfeek Barhom, Fares Fares, Yunus Albayrak, Abduljabbar Alsuhili
Original title
Boy from Heaven
English title
Boy from Heaven
Sweden, France, Finland, Denmark
Running time
126 min
Drama, Thriller
Age rating
Release date
06. 4. 2023
You can buy movie tickets at your favorite cinema
Find the program of your favorite cinema
The festival takes place in cinemas throughout the Czech Republic.
Brno • Kino Artx
České Budějovice • Kino Kotvax
Cheb • Kino Artx
Dolní Bousov • V břiše velrybyx
Havířov • Kino Centrumx
Hodonín • Kino Světx
Jablonec nad Nisou • Kino Juniorx
Jihlava • Kino Duklax
Klatovy • Kino Šumavax
Kolín • Kino 99x
Libčice nad Vltavou • Kino Kotelnax
Litvínov • Středisko Citadelax
Lomnice nad Popelkou • Kino Lomnice nad Popelkoux
Malá Skála • Kino Androvnax
Olomouc • Kino Metropolx
Olomouc • Telegraphx
Ostrava • Filmový klub Provozx
Ostrava • Minikinox
Plzeň • Moving Stationx
Praha • Cinema City Slovanský důmx
Praha • Edison Filmhubx
Praha • Kino Atlasx
Praha • Kino Dlabačovx
Praha • Kino MATx
Praha • Kino Petrohradskáx
Praha • Kino v Divadle za Plotemx
Praha • Komorní kino Evaldx
Praha • Lucernax
Prostějov • Kino Metro 70x
Slaný • Kino Hvězdárnax
Třinec • Městské kino Kosmosx
Uherské Hradiště • Kino Hvězdax
Vrchlabí • Kino Kartonka 1904x
Zlín • Golden Apple Cinemax
Progam is empty.


Media reception

The Guardian
★★★★ "It’s a movie that is boldly anti-clerical, juxtaposing the spectacle of faith with a hidden reality of corruption and hypocrisy."
"Searing political thriller."
We collect cookies to better configure the services of the website. By consenting, you allow us to obtain anonymised statistical data. More information can be found here. Thank you!