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Knives and Skin

111 min.
Year of Production:
Grace Smith
Ireon Roach
Kayla Carter
Tim Hopper
Marika Engelhardt
Raven Whitley
Audrey Francis
Kate Arrington
James Vincent Meredith
Ty Olwin
Production Company:
Newcity Chicago Film Project
Berlinale Section:
Berlinale Category:
Feature Film

‘What is your problem?’ – ‘I don't like it when you do that.’ – ‘Do what?’ – ‘Touch me.’

A small town somewhere in the Midwestern US. For the local teens, high school life would not be complete without football team, marching band, cheerleaders and mascot. The adults are preoccupied with desire, midlife crises and marital problems. The disappearance of the schoolgirl Carolyn Harper rends the facade of normality for the townsfolk. Fear and loss cause the members of Carolyn’s circle to develop desperate coping strategies as they are forced to confront their shallow lives. Jennifer Reeder creates a mysterious world, accentuated by pop-song choirs, reinterpreting genre elements taken from magical realism, musical, absurd comedy and film noir. The result is a dazzling neo-feminist thriller that bathes urgent contemporary themes in a garish light.

BIOGRAFIE Jennifer Reeder

Born in Ohio, USA in 1973, she graduated from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC). The stories in her award-winning feature films revolve around relationships, traumata and how to cope with such experiences.

FILMOGRAFIE Jennifer Reeder (selection)

2023 Perpetrator  2019 The Dunes  2019 Knives and Skin  2015 Blood Below the Skin  2014 A Million Miles Away  1995 The Devil Inside 

Jennifer Reeder @IMDb
Knives & Skin @IMDb
Interview with Jennifer Reeder

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