Knives and Skin

A tender, feminist teen noir that redefines the high school movie.

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Director: Jennifer Reeder

Presented by: Jennifer Reeder

Starring: Marika Engelhardt, Kate Arrington, Grace Smith, Ireon Roach, Kayla Carter, Ty Olwin, Tim Hopper

 

2019, USA, 111 minutes, Digital, NR

Language: English

Distributor: WTFilms

Filmmaker Q&A: Jennifer Reeder

Born in Ohio, USA in 1973, Jennifer graduated from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC). Her multi-award-winning feature films, which have screened at numerous international festivals, focus on stories about relationships, trauma and dealing with such experiences. In 2015, her film Blood Below the Skin screened in Berlinale Shorts; in 2016, Crystal Lake featured in the Generation programme.

Program Notes

In rural Illinois, a young girl’s disappearance traumatizes the small town residents, as secrets are revealed, destroying some relationships and strengthening others. Three girls, Charlotte, Laurel and Joanna, form a bond in the aftermath of the tragedy. Sophomore year in the racially diverse community turns strange when a succession of traumas accelerates each character’s coming-of-age and mysteries emerge from every complication.

Their girlhood is a place of transcendence but also transgression in a movie that embraces its own style, reminiscent of such beloved teen classics
like American Graffiti, Fast Times at Ridgemont High, The Breakfast Club, Dazed and Confused, Mean Girls and Brick that form part of its rich cultural DNA.

Knives And Skin is Jennifer’s second feature. Her first feature, Signature Move, world-premiered at SXSW and played in over 140 festivals around the world receiving the Grand Jury Award for Outstanding American Narrative Feature at L.A. Outfest in 2017 as well as best director at FilmOut San Diego. Reeder’s short work in the past ten years has been seen at a number of the major festivals around the world, including Berlin, Sundance, Rotterdam, London, SXSW, the Venice Biennale.


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