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Skin Deep

Directed by Alex Schaad

Release: 2023
Runtime: 103
Country: Germany
Language: German with English Subtitles
Director: Alex Schaad
Writer: Alex Schaad, Dimitrij Schaad

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 that what the island offers is more mysterious than a simple vacation. Leyla and 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. 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. Winner of the Queer Lion at the Venice Film Festival and directed by Student Academy Award® winner Alex Schaad.

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  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Color: Color


Venue City Date
Carbon Arc Cinema Halifax 1712203200April 4 - April 5, 2024
Digital Gym Cinema San Diego 1712894400April 12 - April 15, 2024
FilmScene Iowa City 1709874000March 8 - March 14, 2024
Gateway Film Center Columbus 1710475200March 15 - March 21, 2024
Hippodrome Theatre Gainesville 1707368400February 8 - February 11, 2024
Laemmle Theatres Los Angeles 1707454800February 9 - February 15, 2024
Quad Cinema New York 1706850000February 2 - February 22, 2024