Handling adds, "This film is impeccably executed and judged, achingly written, finely structured and eloquently shot."

Eric Abraham, who won an Oscar with Jan Sverak's "Kolya" in 1996, produces alongside Piotr Dzieciol and Ewa Puszczynska.

-- Leo Barraclough

"Under the Skin" (pictured)
U.K.
International Sales: FilmNation

Jonathan Glazer's "Under the Skin" marks one of the most anticipated European pics to unspool at the Toronto fest this year. It's been nine years since the helmer's chiller "Birth" and 13 years since his acclaimed debut, "Sexy Beast." Dedicated auds have been buzzing for years about the pic, which is penned by Walter Campbell and adapted from Dutch-Scottish writer Michael Faber's novel, even though there were reports some audience members booed the film at its Venice world premiere.

"Under the Skin" sees Scarlett Johansson topline as an alien who preys on men. Pic marks one of the last films to be funded by the U.K. Film Council, which was axed in 2010, and additionally is backed by Film4. FilmNation rep international sales for the pic and commenced pre-sales at AFM in 2010. Nick Wechsler and James Wilson produce.

" 'Under the Skin' has probably impressed me more than any other film in the last 12 months," says BFI Film Fund director Ben Roberts. "It's really remarkable filmmaking that rewards and wakes you up in the middle of the night."

-- Diana Lodderhose


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