Sweden chose A boy from heavena political thriller set in Egypt from director Tariq Saleh, as his contender for the 2023 Oscars in the Best International Feature Film category.
Boy from Paradise premiered in competition at Cannes this year, where it won best screenplay honors for Saleh.
Set in the historic Al-Azhar Mosque and University in Cairo (although filmed largely in Istanbul), A boy from heaven follows Adam (newcomer Tawfiq Barhom) on his journey from an innocent country boy to a promising young Muslim scholar at the world-renowned school, who becomes the target of Ibrahim (veteran Swedish actor and Saleh regular Fares Fares), a corrupt state security officer tasked with to spy on al-Azhar. When the film opens, the institution’s grand imam has just died, leaving behind a power vacuum that the Egyptian government hopes to fill by putting its own man in charge of the mosque.
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Saleh, fresh off directing duties for the Chris Pine action flick The performermade his international breakthrough with the 2017 political noir The Neil Hilton incidentanother Egyptian film starring Fares.
Sweden has long punched above its weight at the Academy Awards with 16 nominations in the Best International Film category. However, all three Swedish Oscar winners were directed by the same man: Ingmar Bergman, who won back-to-back awards for Virgin spring in 1960 and Through dark glass in 1961 and for Fanny and Alexander in 1983