Jonathan Glazer’s (Sexy Beast) ultra dark, but ultra sexy new sci-fi mind-fuck, Under the Skin, has had a UK release date confirmed by Studio Canal. The creepy, and highly anticipated film, which stars Scarlet t Johansson as an alien, will land in cinemas across the UK on March 14th 2014.
Glazer’s third film following Sexy Beast and Birth, is the story of an alien in human form. Part road movie, part science fiction, part real, it’s a film about seeing the world through alien eyes.
Critically acclaimed at the Venice, Toronto and London film festivals, the film was shot in London and extensively on location in Scotland.
Under the Skin is directed by Jonathan Glazer, and is base on Michel Faber’s novel. Walter Campbell and Jonathan Glazer adapted the screenplay. The cast is lead by Scarlett Johansson, and joining her will be Paul Brannigan, Joe Szula, Krystof Hadek, Scott Dymond, Jessica Mance and Michael Moreland.
Cameron Bailey’s (TIFF) synopsis:
Fans of Jonathan Glazer’s Sexy Beast and Birth have been anticipating Under the Skin with a yearning usually reserved for superhero franchises. Based onMichel Faber‘s acclaimed novel, the story’s premise is perfectly suited to a director known for compression, focus, and cool shocks.
On Scotland’s lonely back roads, a beautiful woman (Scarlett Johansson) stalks unwitting men. Her identity and her motives unclear, she is simply, and quite literally, a sexual threat. Her eyes deadened but alert, she prowls night streets and deserted locales in a white van, seeking male victims. More could be said about the plot, but it’s best to allow Under the Skin to reveal itself. From its arresting first image — a pure, white pinpoint of light — it expands outward to become an increasingly absorbing mystery. It’s also a Rorschach test for everything one might fear about relations between men and women.
Johansson is sometimes cast for her physical sensuality, and Glazer makes ample use of that here. But the film is anything but lascivious. Having directed landmark music videos for Radiohead and Massive Attack, he was known as a supreme stylist even before his feature films. Here, he offers shades of Kubrick and Hitchcock in his depiction of sexuality, capturing a cool, predatory impulse rather than simple heat. For that matter, Under the Skin shows little interest in simply arousing the audience, be they enamoured of Glazer, fantasy fiction, or Johansson. It proceeds at its own rhythm, accumulating one eerie detail on top of another, serving up sometimes baroque encounters between predator and prey, pushing inevitably towards its disturbing conclusion.
The Telluride synopsis:
“Under The Skin“: In search of loners, Laura (Scarlett Johansson) drives around the exquisitely moody landscapes of the Scottish highlands. She’s an alien,sent from afar and equipped with enough human language and awesome seductive power to capture, destroy and presumably send home human males. And then, her curiosity about her human body and an accidental act of pity disrupt her mission: talk about lost in translation! Jonathan Glazer, known for his brilliant music videos and SEXY BEAST, and co-writer Walter Campbelladapt Michael Faber’s acclaimed novel to create a surprisingly layered tale. UNDER THE SKIN begins like an effectively creepy sci-fi horror film, but soon deepens into a lyrical evocation of solitude and estrangement and a mournful lament for ephemeral earthly beauty.The photography by Daniel Landin is richly atmospheric, and Peter Raeburn’s musical themes provide an ominous depth. –LG (U.K., 2013, 107m)