Dir. Jonathan Glazer Under the Skin 2013
108min | R13 Horror, violence, and nudity
A sci-fi character study, with Scarlett Johansson as a seductive alien in humanoid form and a black wig at large in Glasgow. The perspective shifts constantly between how ‘the female’ sees herself, how she eyes up her prey, and how we observe her. Critic Robbie Collins says it’s ‘a film which watches you back’. Sound familiar?
Part of the Cindy Sherman Film Programme (Sundays 15 January–19 March 2017). The programme includes six films selected by Cindy Sherman that have informed her practice and seven selected by Curator Aaron Lister that are almost impossible to watch without thinking about her work. Sherman selected her films for the screening programme accompaning her 2012 retrospective at the Museum of Modern Art, New York. Sherman and Lister have provided descriptions to accompany their selections.
Scary movies. Strange characters. Fierce women. Odd behavior. Obscured stories. Innovative filmmaking. I think these are the characteristics that tie together all the films that are my favorites, all the films that inspire me. They inspire me to create characters, tell stories without words, playing attraction off repulsion, letting the viewer discover the story (or making it hard for them).
In association with Cindy Sherman.