A24 Sets 'Under the Skin,' 'Enemy' & 'Locke' Theatrical Release Dates
by Ethan Anderton
January 3, 2014
After releasing indies like The Spectacular Now, The Bling Ring and Spring Breakers, the young A24 distribution company has just set dates for a few films that have already made the festival rounds. Enemy, the TIFF-selected first collaboration of Prisoners director Denis Villeneuve and Jake Gyllenhaal, will arrive on March 14th; the Telluride selected, seductive, psychological horror Under the Skin starring Scarlett Johansson will arrive on April 4th; and the real-time thriller Locke (hitting Sundance this month after premiering at Venice) starring Tom Hardy lands April 25th. More details on the films below.
Jonathan Glazer's third film following Sexy Beast and Birth, Under the Skin is the story of an alien in human form. Part road movie, part science fiction, part real, it’s a film about seeing our world through alien eyes. Johansson plays an alien seductress in human form who scours remote highways and desolate scenery looking to use her greatest weapon to snare human prey -- her voracious sexuality. She is deadly efficient, but over time becomes drawn to and changed by the complexity of life on earth. With this new found humanity and weakening resolve, she finds herself on a collision course with her own kind. Watch a teaser.
Enemy was actually shot before Prisoners, but it's taken awhile to land a theatrical release. In the film, Adam Bell (Gyllenhaal) is a glum, disheveled history professor, who seems disinterested even in sex with his beautiful girlfriend, Mary (Mélanie Laurent). Watching a movie on the recommendation of a colleague, Adam spots his double in a bit role, and decides to track him down—an adventure he quite relishes. The identical men meet, and their lives become bizarrely and irrevocably intertwined. Check out a teaser here.
Finally, Locke is a real-time thriller starring Tom Hardy and directed by Eastern Promises writer Steven Knight. Ivan Locke (Hardy), a man with a perfect family, his dream job, and the crowning achievement of his career within his grasp. But one phone call changes everything, and as his life unravels before his eyes, he only has 90 minutes to solve his newfound problem. We're hoping the real-time nature of the story isn't just a gimmick, and the film is able to sustain itself for that entire hour and a half despite being set entirely in a moving car with Hardy being the only actor on screen. Interested in any of these films?