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17 Why the film “Skin” won’t be released in cinemas

Why the film “Skin” won’t be released in cinemas

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Guy Nattiv’s full-length feature tells the story of a white supremacist played by Jamie Bell. Against all odds, it will be released exclusively on Blu-ray, DVD and VOD… 

Why the film “Skin” won’t be released in cinemas Why the film “Skin” won’t be released in cinemas

Despicable but touching, violent but sensitive, Bryon Widner is the most famous skin-head in the USA, and Skin is a brilliant adaptation of his story. Born into a family of holocaust survivors, its director, Guy Nattiv, drew inspiration from Bill Brummel’s documentary Erasing Hate, released in 2011. In his full-length film, Israeli Nattiv blurs lines by telling the story of a quest for redemption and injecting a dose of romance. Having won the Oscar for best short film in 2019, Skin was shown for the first time in its full-length version at Deauville. Just like American History X did 20 years ago, the film tells the story of a white supremacist tormented by his states of mind.

 

Against all odds, the work won’t be shown in cinemas but will be released exclusively on Blu-Ray, DVD and VOD. The film’s distributors, The Jokers - who also distributed Parasite by Bong Joon-Ho, winner of the Palme d’or at the Cannes Film Festival, and a box office hit – can’t take the financial risk of putting Skin in cinemas. The Jokers expressed their disappointment in a long statement: “The film deserves to be seen on the big screen, but you know that the market is extremely complicated. Releasing such a film in cinemas today and giving it the means to reach a wide audience means taking huge financial risks […] Whether it’s with films like Green Room, Brimstone, Message from the King or Galveston, we have always encountered impassable barriers for a distributor our size […] Believe us, it isn’t nice having to contact the talented Guy Nattiv and explain to him that his film has more chance of being seen with a good video release rather than a difficult film release. Parasite was a miracle. We hope that you understand and don’t hold it against us.

 

So, Skin will be released on December 3rd on Blu-Ray, DVD et VOD, with the eponymous 2018 Oscar-winning short version included.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“Skin” – Trailer