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Boy from Heaven

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.
Original title
Boy from Heaven
English title
Boy from Heaven
Year
2022
Language
ARAB
Subtitles
CZ
Running time
126 min
Genre

Awards

Cannes IFF
Best Screenplay
2022

Media reception

Guardian
"It’s a movie that is boldly anti-clerical, juxtaposing the spectacle of faith with a hidden reality of corruption and hypocrisy."

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