It’s fair to say we’re expecting something a bit special from Cold Skin, the latest from Frontier(s) director Xavier Gens. It went down a storm at last year’s Sitges Film Festival, and is continuing its festival run this year. Before then, the film has been picked up for North American distribution by Samuel Goldwyn Films.
An adaptation of Albert Sanchez Piñol’s 2002 best-seller, Cold Skin has taken nearly ten years to reach the screen, having been conceived in 2009 with 30 Days of Night director David Slade attached.
Here’s the ominous official synopsis:
On the edge of the Antarctic Circle, in the years after World War I, a steam ship approaches a desolate island far from all shipping lanes. On board is a young man, on his way to assume the lonely post of weather observer, to live in solitude for a year at the end of the world. But on shore he finds no trace of the man whom he has been sent to replace, just a deranged castaway who has witnessed a horror he refuses to name. The rest is forest, a deserted cabin, rocks, silence, and the surrounding sea. And then the night begins to fall…
Cold Skin stars Ray Stevenson (Punisher: War Zone, The Book of Eli), David Oakes (Truth or Dare, TV’s The White Queen) and double-Goya nominee Aura Garrido (The Body, Stockholm).
Samuel Goldwyn Films are reportedly planning a day-and-date release on June 1st.
Words: Kevan Farrow (@KevanX)