A small supermarket in a blue collar town, a black man smiles at a 10 year old white boy across the checkout aisle. This innocuous moment sends two gangs into a ruthless war that ends with a shocking backlash.
Cast: Jonathan Tucker, Danielle Macdonald
Awards: 2019 Academy Award Winner
Status: Special Grand Jury Selection
Screening in: Shorts Block 3
Runtime: 0:20:00 mins
Guy Nattiv is an acclaimed filmmaker from Israel. His first American feature ilm, entitled SKIN, stars Jamie Bell and Vera Farmiga and premiered at the 2018 Toronto Film Festival where it won the Fipresci Critic’s Prize. It will make its European premiere in 2019 at The Berlin International Film Festival, and was acquired by A24 for distribution in late 2019. It is based on the true story of Bryon Widner, a notorious white supremacist who goes through extensive surgeries to remove Neo-Nazi tattoos on his face and hands in order to reform. The feature is derived from Nattiv’s acclaimed short film, also entitled SKIN, which won best short at Hollyshorts and the San Jose Film Festival, and was short-listed for the Academy Awards in 2019.
Before coming to the US, Nattiv directed several features in Israel. His first film, STRANGERS, was in competition at the Sundance and Tribeca Film Festivals in 2008. The film was also based on his lauded short that won Sundance the previous year. It was short-listed for the Academy Awards and won over 20 festivals worldwide, including Locarno. His second feature, THE FLOOD, won a special prize at the Berlin Film Festival in 2012 and was nominated for six Israeli Academy Awards where it won Best Actor.
Nattiv currently lives in Los Angeles with his wife/producing partner Jaime Ray Newman, and their daughter.