Tarik Saleh’s Boy from Heaven, starring Fares Fares, will world premiere in competition at the 2022 Cannes Film Fest.

The film is a political thriller about a fisherman boy named Adam (Tawfeek Barhom), who is thrown into brutal power struggle between Egypt’s religious and political elite.

The film was largely shot in Istanbul.

It is a co-production between Sweden, France, Finland and Denmark with actors from, among others, Sweden, Palestine, Yemen, Russia, Syria, Egypt, France and Gambia.

Tarik Saleh, Boy from Heaven director

“When you make a film about something that has never been told before, you often have doubts. Will anyone care? Does anyone even want to see this? Being selected for the world’s premier film festival answers that question. I feel incredibly happy today.” Tarik Saleh, Director



Cairo, Al-Azgar University, Center of Power in Sunni0 Islam

While delivering his welcome speech to the students, the Grand Imam of the prestigious institution collapses in front of the audience.

His sudden death triggers a brutal war of succession, with all blows allowed, including the deadliest.

When one morning, the body of a student is found dead in the courtyard, it motivates Adam, a young provincial who has just landed in Al-Azhar, to get involved.

Soon he finds himself at the center of a ruthless power game in which the highest religious and political authorities of the country are engaged.

BOY FROM HEAVEN, a film from Atmo Rights AB.

A Swedish, French, Finnish and Danish co-production. IN CO-PRODUCTION WITH Memento Films Production, Bufo, Film i Väst, Sveriges Television, Mikael Ahlström Films, Haymaker, Arte France Cinéma, Post Control, Final Cut for Real WITH SUPPORT FROM The Swedish Film Institute, Eurimages, Kreativa Europa Media, Région Île -de-France, Aide aux Cinémas du Monde, Centre National du cinéma et de l’image animée, Finnish Film Foundation, Business Finland, The Danish Film Institute SALES Memento Films International BUDGET 6,5 million Euro SCRIPTWRITER Tarik Saleh DIRECTOR Tarik Saleh PRODUCERS Kristina Åberg, Fredrik Zander CAST Tawfeek Barhom (Adam), Fares Fares (Ibrahim), Mohammad Bakri (General Al Sakran), Makram J. Khoury (Sheikh Negm), Mehdi Dehbi (Zizo), Younes Medhat (Sobhy), Sherwan Haji (Soliman) DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY Pierre Aim EDITOR Theis Schmidt PRODUCTION DESIGNER Roger Rosenberg COSTUME DESIGNER Denise Östholm MAKE UP & HAIR Pia Cornelius COMPOSER Krister Linder. Shoot in Turkey and Gothenburg, 2021