One of the most talked-about pictures during the fall festival trifecta of Telluride, Venice and Toronto,
Based on the novel by Michel Faber, the film stars Johansson as an alien being who has taken human form roaming Scotland in search of victims she needs to survive. The film's unusual visual style comes from the fact that at least some of its action was shot "candid camera" style with Johansson interacting with real people; that footage mixed with scenes of her with actors.
In an interview with The Times' John Horn in Telluride, Glazer, director of "Sexy Beast" and "Birth," explained his unorthodox shooting method.
"The core of the story that I was clearly interested in was her journey — and looking at our world as an alien planet through her eyes," Glazer said. "What I needed to discover was a filmmaking language — to paint the character with credibility. It's a tall order to paint an alien in human form.
"The key thing for me — the way I understood it would work — was to shoot her in disguise and use the idea of dropping her into the world and shooting her in a way, with the hidden cameras, that wasn't calling attention to itself, so we are really photographing behavior."
A24 has made itself a home to many bright young actresses. The company had success earlier this year with the release of Harmony Korine's
A24 also just picked up Steven Knight's thriller "Locke," starring
The recent teaser trailer for "Under the Skin" is below:
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