THE SKIN OF THE WOLF
(Bajo la piel de lobo)
Original Title: Bajo la piel de lobo
Running Time: 90min
Film Year: 2017
Category: HBO Ibero American Competition
Shifting seamlessly from a study in solitude to a love story grounded in sabotage, writer-director Samu Fuentes’ spellbinding debut speaks volumes with an invigorating paucity of words.
Set in the pre-industrial past, The Skin of the Wolf centers on Martinón, the sole inhabitant of an otherwise abandoned alpine hamlet. Martinón comes down the mountain but twice a year to sell animal hides and stock up on supplies. One day he’s convinced to take a wife, a decision intended to soften his calloused soul—but in some ways his real struggle is only just beginning.
Featuring gorgeous widescreen photography and transfixing performances from Ruth Diaz, Irene Escolar and Spanish box-office megastar Mario Casas, The Skin of the Wolf is an eerily resonant variation on Beauty and the Beast, blending wilderness survival tale and fable to create something strikingly unique.
This film is also featured in the 2018 Film Festival’s Jordan Ressler Writing Competition Film Category.
Director: Samu Fuentes
Cinematographer: Aitor Mantxola