Boy from Heaven

Walad Min Al Janna

63rd TIFF: Greek Premiere

Tarik Saleh brings on the screen the intimate ties between the Egyptian Church and State in a film brimming with paranoia, mystery, and conspiracies. Adam, a fisherman’s son, is offered the ultimate privilege to study at the Al-Azhar University in Cairo, the epicenter of the 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 Egypt’s religious and political elite. Reminiscent of Umberto Eco’s The Name of the Rose, Boy From Heaven unfolds a fascinating political thriller set in the heart of Egypt’s religious and secular institutions.

Screening Schedule

No physical screenings scheduled.

Direction: Tarik Saleh
Script: Tarik Saleh
Cinematography: Pierre Aïm
Editing: Theis Schmidt
Sound: Pontus Borg
Music: Krister Linder
Actors: Tawfeek Barhom, Fares Fares, Mohammad Bakri, Makram J. Khoury, Sherwan Haji, Mehdi Dehbi
Production: Atmo Production
Producers: Kristina Åberg, Fredrik Zander
Co-production: Memento Production, Bufo, Film i Väst, Sveriges Television, Mikael Ahlström Films, Haymaker, ARTE France Cinéma, Post Control, Final Cut For Real
Costumes: Denise Östholm
Production Design: Roger Rosenberg
Make Up: Pia Cornelius
Format: DCP
Color: Color
Production Country: Sweden, France, Finland
Production Year: 2022
Duration: 125΄
Distribution in Greece: Cinobo
Contact: Memento International
Awards/Distinctions: Best Screenplay – Cannes Film Festival 2022

Tarik Saleh

Tarik Saleh started as one of the top graffiti artists in Stockholm in the 80s. He directed and wrote the screenplay for The Nile Hilton Incident, which 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 the action thriller The Contractor (2022), starring Chris Pine, Ben Foster, and Kiefer Sutherland, several episodes of the futuristic HBO series Westworld (2018), the Showtime series Ray Donovan, and the thriller Tommy (2014), featuring Ola Rapace, Moa Gammel, and singer-songwriter Lykke Li, for whom he also directed the music video “I Follow Rivers” (more that 80 million views on YouTube). His film debut Metropia (2009), a dystopic animation, premiered at the Venice Film Festival as the opening film for Critics’ Week.


2005 Gitmo: The New Rules of War (doc)
2009 Metropia
2014 Tommy
2017 The Nile Hilton Incident
2022 Boy from Heaven