Jonathan Glazer (Sexy Beast, Birth) has been compared to the late, great Stanley Kubrick with his new film, Under the Skin, and star Scarlett Johansson has had a mountain of praise for her brave, challenging performance. Now STUDIOCANAL have revealed the first clip from the film, which lands in selected UK cinemas next Friday (14th March).
The clip is unnerving as Johansson picks up a stranger and makes conversation with him, all the while Glazer’s camera shoots from insane angles, and a bizzare soundtrack that feels totally out of place plays out. The clip disorientates and alienates the viewer, possibly to make us feel like Johansson’s character who is herself an alien, preying on unfortunate men and taking them back to her darkened lair.
For authenticity, Johansson actually spoke to strangers while driving around in Scotland to see how they would react. This clip gives a good indication as to the brilliance, and sound and visual assault Under the Skin has in store.
UNDER THE SKIN, starring Scarlett Johansson and directed by Jonathan Glazer, will open across the UK on 14th March 2014.
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.
Critically acclaimed at the Venice, Toronto and London film festivals, with special praise going to Mica Levi’s score,UNDER THE SKIN was shot in London and extensively on location in Scotland.
Glazer and Walter Campbell wrote the screenplay whilst the film is produced by James Wilson (JW Films) and Nick Wechsler (Nick Wechsler Productions). The film is based on a novel by Michel Faber.
UNDER THE SKIN is a Film4 and BFI presentation, in association with Silver Reel, Creative Scotland and FilmNation Entertainment.
From visionary director Jonathan Glazer (SEXY BEAST, BIRTH) comes a stunning career transformation, a masterpiece of existential science fiction that journeys to the heart of what it means to be human, extraterrestrial — or something in between. A voluptuous woman of unknown origin (Scarlett Johansson) combs the highways in search of isolated or forsaken men, luring this succession of lost souls into an otherworldly lair. They are seduced, stripped of their humanity, and never heard from again. Based on the novel by Michel Faber (The Crimson Petal and the White), UNDER THE SKIN examines human experience from the perspective of an unforgettable heroine who grows too comfortable in her borrowed skin, until she is abducted into humanity with devastating results.