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A24 is a new distribution company, having only made its debut in last spring with the US release of Sally Potter's gorgeous coming-of-age drama Ginger & Rosa. But they have quickly established a reputation for selecting seriously superb indie cinema having releases Harmony Korine's attention-grabbing Spring Breakers, Sofia Coppola's poppy true crime drama The Bling Ring, and James Ponsoldt's widely praised teen dramedy The Spectacular Now. With all these winners in their pocket, we can't wait to see what they're revealing in 2014. And now we've got some signs.
First Showing reports A24 will release Under The Skin, Enemy and Locke in this coming year. And we'll break down details on each below.
What would you do if you met someone who is your exact physical double? That is the quandary posed in Enemy. Based on Jose Saramongo's novel of the same name, this thriller from Canadian director Denis Villeneuve stars Jake Gyllenhaal as a mild-mannered history teacher whose life is thrown into spin when he spots a man who is his doppelganger. Melanie Laurent co-stars as his girlfriend.
You might recall that Villeneuve and Gyllenhaal teamed up for the 2013 release Prisoners, but (fun fact) Enemy was actually shot first. After a film festival tour that took it to the Toronto International Film Festival, Sitges and Stockholm, Enemy is finally readying for its theatrical release on March 14, 2014.
Based on the novel by Michel Faber, Under the Skin stars Scarlett Johansson as a stellar seductress called Laura. By that I mean, she may look like a curvy sex kitten, but in reality Laura is an alien from another planet who is on Earth with one purpose: hunting for man meat. See, on her planet human flesh is a delicacy. So, Laura is cruising Scotland for hitchhikers she can take home like takeout. Jonathan Glazer, helmer of Sexy Beast and Birth, directs.
Under The Skin will open on April 4th, 2014.
Lastly is Locke. Written and directed by Steven Knight, scribe of Eastern Promises and Dirty Pretty Things, this thriller stars Tom Hardy as Ivan Locke, a man who seems to have it all. He's got a wonderful family, a job he loves, and he's on the verge of major professional success. But who would have thought one phone call could change everything? Locke has just 90 minutes to fix this mysterious issue, and Knight's script binds audiences to his quest using the real-time device. Will it work or prove a clunky gimmick movie? We'll find out when Locke hits theaters on April 25, 2014.