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Jonathan Glazer's third film following Sexy Beast and Birth, Under the Skin is the story of an alien in human form. Part road movie, part science fiction, part real, it's a film about seeing our world through alien eyes.
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Scarlett Johansson stars in Jonathan Glazer's Under The Skin
Jonathan Glazer's third film following Sexy Beast and Birth, Under the Skin is the story of an alien in human form. Part road movie, part science fiction, part real, it's a film about seeing our world through alien eyes. Glazer and Walter Campbell adapted the screenplay from a novel by Michel Faber and Scarlett Johansson stars. Under the Skin is a Film4 and BFI presentation, in association with Silver Reel, Creative Scotland and FilmNation Entertainment. This is Film4's second collaboration with Jonathan Glazer following on from his critically-acclaimed and award-winning debut feature Sexy Beast, released in 2000. Producers are James Wilson (JW Films) and Nick Wechsler (Nick Wechsler Productions). Executive Producers are Tessa Ross for Film4, Reno Antoniades for Lee and Thompson, Claudia Blümhuber and Uwe R. Feuersenger for Silver Reel, and Walter Campbell. Co-Producer is Alexander O'Neal.
"Johansson is nothing short of iconic here; her character is a classic femme fatale in the film noir tradition, down to the plump red lips and deep fur coat, but with a refrigerated nothingness at her core. She looks at her fellow cast members as if they are from another planet – which is, of course, exactly as it should be. Even the Scottish landscape looks alien: dawn mist rolls across lochs like curls of space dust. Glazer’s astonishing film takes you to a place where the everyday becomes suddenly strange, and fear and seduction become one and the same. You stare at the screen, at once entranced and terrified, and step forward into the slick" - Robbie Collin
"This unsettling and eerily erotic study of a come-hither extraterrestrial (Scarlett Johansson) was far and away the best film I saw in competition at Venice — at once lucid, seductive and mesmerizingly strange. No film since perhaps “Lost in Translation” has made more perfect use of that sly, elusive sexiness that Johansson has, melding her character’s perspective with ours to the point that we wind up regarding our fellow man through a glass darkly, rendering humanity at once familiar and alien" - Justin Chang
"Under the Skin is far and away the best picture in the competition so far: a story that plays as a kind of malarial dream, bathed in cold sweat and seeing hallucinations in every corner. Johansson proves bizarrely engrossing as the unnamed succubus, fetchingly augmented with jet-black hair and blood-red lipstick, who drives a van around Scotland in search of her prey" - Xan Brooks
Critically acclaimed at the Venice, Toronto and London film festivals, Under The Skin will be released in the UK on March 14th 2014 by Studiocanal.
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