under-the-skin

English director Jonathan Glazer has never shied away from the more off-kilter aspects of filmmaking, and his latest, Under the Skin, is no exception. Based on novelist Michel Faber’s book of the same name, the story centers on an alien named “Laura” (Scarlett Johannson), who preys on hitchhikers in Scotland.

If the narrative remains true to the novel, what happens to these poor saps is pretty horrid, as their departure from this mortal coil is not mercifully speedy at all.

Check out the red-band teaser trailer below:

Can’t say I’m sure why this garnered a red-band rating. Either way, it’s an odd one, and if its reception last year was any indicator, compelling as well. With six award nominations in ’13 between the Venice Film Festival, The British Independent Film Awards, and the London Film Festival, Glazer’s work has garnered plenty of attention, and expectedly so. Per his early bread and butter days as a music video director with a twisted and beautiful perspective, Glazer already has a well-established history of creating iconic images on screen.

He’s been a regular collaborator with Radiohead, directing two of their music videos, the most noteworthy being “Karma Police,” and continuing his relationship with lead Thom Yorke during his vocal feature in UNKLE’s infinitely disturbing “Rabbit in Your Headlights”. Additionally, his work with Massive Attack on the video for 1995’s “Karmacoma,” and the depressing “Live With Me” show exactly how much of his love of sound and uncomfortable, unexpected, and stark imagery have been pulled over into his big screen career.

We’ll ignore Glazer’s stuff with Jamiroquai.

This will be Jonathan Glazer’s third feature film, the first being 2000’s enormously popular crime drama, Sexy Beast, which earned Sir Ben Kingsley an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actor, and 2004’s not terribly well-received Birth, starring Nicole Kidman.

A24 Films, who is also releasing David Michôd’s post-apocalyptic crime drama The Rover later this year, has listed the Johansson-led Under the Skin  for a 2014 release. No specific date as of yet, but we’ll definitely be keeping an eye out. A giant, creepy, close-up eye.


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