US Trailer for Body Swap Sci-Fi Romance ‘Skin Deep’ from Germany

by Alex Billington
January 9, 2024
Source: YouTube

Skin Deep Trailer

“You are the person you are, because of the body you have.” Kino Lorber has revealed the new official US trailer for the indie German low key sci-fi drama titled Skin Deep, from filmmaker Alex Schaad. Not to be confused with the 1989 sex comedy with John Ritter also called Skin Deep. This first premiered at the 2022 Venice Film Festival and won the Queer Lion award, with stops at the Hamburg, Zurich, and Göteborg Film Festivals. At first glance, Leyla and Tristan seem like a happy young couple. When they travel to a remote, mysterious island, a game of identities begins, which changes everything – their perception, their sexuality, their whole “self.” Kino Lorber adds: “Subverting genre and gender as it toggles from body swap thriller to intimate relationship drama, Skin Deep tells a story that transcends bodies, embracing the endless fluid possibilities in the question of what it means to truly love someone.” Starring Mala Emde and Jonas Dassler, with Maryam Zaree, Dimitrij Schaad, Thomas Wodianka, & Edgar Selge. This will finally open in a few art house theaters in the US this February, after first opening in Europe last year. Check it out.

Here’s the official US trailer (+ two posters) for Alex Schaad’s Skin Deep, direct from KL’s YouTube:

Skin Deep Poster

Skin Deep Poster

Kino Lorber invites you to experience Skin Deep. Seeking a retreat where they can salvage their struggling relationship, young couple Leyla (Mala Emde) and Tristan (Jonas Dassler) travel to a remote island at the invitation of Leyla’s childhood friend Stella, where it soon becomes clear what the island offers is more mysterious than a simple vacation. Leyla & Tristan join another couple in a ritual to exchange bodies and see the world through the eyes of someone else – a chance to find themselves or, for some of them, a chance at escape. Free from the constraints of her former body, Leyla quickly finds she has never been happier, with a fresh outlook on life and a new sense of release and fulfillment. But when she refuses to return to her old self, the situation threatens to spiral out of control. Skin Deep, also known as Aus meiner Haut, is directed by Kazakh-German filmmaker Alex Schaad, making his feature directorial debut after a few other short films previously. The screenplay is written by Alex Schaad and Dimitrij Schaad. Produced by Tobias Walker and Philipp Worm. This initially premiered at the 2022 Venice Film Festival. Kino Lorber will debut Schaad’s Skin Deep in select US theaters on February 2nd, 2024 this winter. Who’s curious about this?

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