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Festival Film Screening: Knives and Skin

Tue 12 | 14:00 - 16:00 | HAU1

In cooperation with Berlinale Generation.

Jennifer Reeder, USA, 2019, 111 min.
© Newcity Chicago Film Project

A small town in Midwestern USA. For the local teens, high school life would be incomplete without football teams, marching bands, and mascots. Meanwhile, adults are preoccupied with desire, midlife crises and marital problems. But the disappearance of Carolyn Harper tears 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 own shallow lives. Talents alumna Jennifer Reeder creates a mysterious world, reinterpreting genre elements taken from magical realism, musicals, absurd comedies and film noir. The result is a dazzling neo-noir feminist thriller that bathes contemporary themes in a garish light.

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Jennifer Reeder

Jennifer Reeder was born in Ohio and 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. She attended Berlinale Talents in 2015. That same year, her film BLOOD BELOW THE SKIN screened in Berlinale Shorts; in 2016, CRYSTAL LAKE featured in the Generation programme. She is returning to Generation with KNIVES AND SKIN in 2019.
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Kevin Murphy

Kevin Murphy is a Berlin-based media arts programmer. From 2008-2018, he was a member of the Berlinale Talents selection committee and coordinated the Editing Studio. Previously, he selected films for Berlinale Panorama, the Hamptons International Film Festival and the Lake Placid Film Festival, and was a film and media arts curatorial assistant at the Guggenheim. He has curated for Posit(HIV)e Screenings (2010) and the LOOP Festival (2007-2009), and has written on cinema for Filmmaker Magazine and sensesofcinema.com.