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Tarik Saleh

Director, screenwriter and producer Tarik Saleh (b. 1972) got his start in the mid 1980s as one of Sweden’s most acclaimed graffiti artists. His mural Fascinate from 1989 is the first graffiti mural to be protected by the Swedish state as a cultural heritage, and is one of the world’s oldest existing graffiti paintings. Saleh then went on to work as art director and publisher. In 2001 he made his directorial debut with Sacrificio – Who betrayed Che Guevara? together with Erik Gandini. Saleh again teamed up with Gandini for Gitmo (2005), a documentary about the Guantanamo Bay detention camp. Both documentaries won several awards and sparked international debate. Saleh moved on to create the critically acclaimed Metropia (2009), a dystopian computer animated drama that landed him several prestigious awards and nominations, among them the Future Film Festival Digital Award at the Venice Film Festival.

2017 saw the premiere of his latest feature film, The Nile Hilton Incident, which became a great success and was highly praised internationally, winning numerous awards including the Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival and ‘Best Film’ at the Guldbagge Awards.

Saleh is, together with co-founders Kristina Åberg and Lars Rodvaldr, running one of Sweden’s most innovative production companies: Atmo.

Saleh recently directed an episode for HBO’s Westworld and an episode for Showtime’s Ray Donovan. He is currently attached to helm The Red Circle, a remake of Jean-Pierre Melville’s classic 1970 cat-and-mouse thriller. Steven Knight (Peaky Blinders, Dirty Pretty Things, Eastern Promises) has written the script.

Awards

Guldbagge Award, Guldbagge Awards Nominee, César Awards Nominee, Sundance Film Festival, Beaune International Thriller Film Festival, Valladolid International Film Festival, Valladolid International Film Festival, Valladolid International Film Festival, Art Film Festival Nominee, Annecy International Animated Film Festival Nominee, Nordic Council's Film Prize Nominee, Venice Film Festival, Catalonian International Film Festival Nominee, Stockholm Film Festival Nominee, São Paulo International Film Festival Nominee, Warsaw International Film Festival Nominee, Miami Film Festival, Seattle International Film Festival, Prague One World Film Festival, Havana Film Festival See full list
Guldbagge Award (Best Film) Sweden – The Nile Hilton Incident 2018
Guldbagge Awards Nominee (Best Direction) Sweden – The Nile Hilton Incident 2018
César Awards Nominee (Best Foreign Film) France – The Nile Hilton Incident 2018
Sundance Film Festival (Grand Jury Prize) US – The Nile Hilton Incident 2017
Beaune International Thriller Film Festival (Le Grand Prix) France – The Nile Hilton Incident 2017
Valladolid International Film Festival (Best Screenplay) Spain – The Nile Hilton Incident 2017
Valladolid International Film Festival (Best Director) Spain – The Nile Hilton Incident 2017
Valladolid International Film Festival (Best Film) Spain – The Nile Hilton Incident 2017
Art Film Festival Nominee (Best Film) Slovakia – The Nile Hilton Incident 2017
Annecy International Animated Film Festival Nominee (Best Feature) France – Metropia 2010
Nordic Council's Film Prize Nominee – Metropia 2010
Venice Film Festival (Future Film Festival Digital Award) Italy – Metropia 2009
Catalonian International Film Festival Nominee (Best Film) – Metropia 2009
Stockholm Film Festival Nominee (Bronze Horse) Sweden – Metropia 2009
São Paulo International Film Festival Nominee (Best Feature Film) Brazil – Metropia 2009
Warsaw International Film Festival Nominee (Grand Prix) Poland – Metropia 2009
Miami Film Festival (Special Mention) US – Gitmo 2006
Seattle International Film Festival (Best Documentary Award) US – Gitmo 2006
Prague One World Film Festival (Czech Radio Award - Special Citation) Czech Republic – Sacrificio: Who Betrayed Che Guevara 2002
Havana Film Festival (Coral) Cuba – Sacrificio: Who Betrayed Che Guevara 2001
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Director, screenwriter and producer Tarik Saleh’s stylish films often explore controversial subjects and show no hesitation in portraying the polarities and conflicts in society. 2017 saw the premiere of his latest feature film, The Nile Hilton Incident, which became a great success and was highly praised internationally, winning numerous awards including the Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival and ‘Best Film’ at the Guldbagge Awards.

Most recently, Saleh directed an episode for HBO’s Westworld and an episode for Showtime’s Ray Donovan. Saleh is currently attached to helm The Red Circle, a remake of Jean-Pierre Melville’s classic 1970 cat-and-mouse thriller. Steven Knight (Peaky Blinders, Dirty Pretty Things, Eastern Promises) has written the script.