A friend has just passed along talk about Jonathan Glazer‘s Under The Skin playing the 2013 Telluride Film Festival. Maybe. Possibly. Who knows? The film will definitely play at the Venice Film Festival on 9.3, or a day after Telluride wraps.
Scarlet Johansson plays a dark-haired alien who dresses like Bayonne mall trash circa 1983. If you want to talk superficials Johansson’s character — Isserley is her alien name, Laura her earth name — has more kinship to the Kanamits in the famous Twilight Zone episode called “To Serve Man” than to David Bowie‘s character in The Man Who Fell To Earth. But the themes, derived from Michael Faber’s 13-year-old novel, are allegedly more complex than just “alien hottie looking to scoop up hitchhikers so they can fattened up and eaten by her employers.”
In a 5.2.12 Variety interview, Johansson told Stephen Schaefer that “I’ve never been in a movie where the logline of the movie, where the plot has been so twisted. It’s crazy. ‘Are you eating people on the side of the road?’ I’m like, ‘No, no!’ Okay, yes, I do play an alien who is wearing my own skin. But it’s actually not a science-fiction film. It’s sort of a film that asks existential questions and much more complex than the logline.”