Under the Skin

From director Jonathan Glazer comes a work of existential science fiction that journeys to the heart of what it means to be human, extraterrestrial, or something in between.

A gorgeous woman of unknown origin (Scarlett Johansson) cruises the streets of Scotland in search of isolated or forsaken men, luring a 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, Under the Skin examines human experience from the perspective of an unforgettable heroine, and in order to maximize the realism of the story, Glazer had Johansson interact with non-actors, whose unscripted performances were captured using hidden cameras. This nameless alien creature is an extraterrestrial femme fatale, who gradually acclimates to her borrowed skin, until she is abducted into humanity with devastating results, in this surrealist body horror story.  

Screening as part of our Jonathan Glazer retrospective, we are also screening his other films - Sexy Beast starring Ray Winstone and Ben Kingsley, Birth starring Nicola Kidman and Lauren Bacall, and his latest film the already multi-nominated The Zone of Interest starring Anatomy of a Fall's Sandra Hüller.

Programme Type: Film

Director: Jonathan Glazer

Cast: Scarlett Johansson, Adam Pearson, Paul Brannigan

Certificate: 15

Running Time: 108 minutes

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