Magazine article Screen International

Jamie Bell, Danielle Macdonald to Star in Neo-Nazi Drama 'Skin'

Magazine article Screen International

Jamie Bell, Danielle Macdonald to Star in Neo-Nazi Drama 'Skin'

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EXCLUSIVE: Patti Cake$ breakout star Macdonald on board Seville International Cannes sales title.

Seville International will launch pre-sales in Cannes on prestige drama Skin, a true story about the redemption of a Neo-Nazi that pairs Jamie Bell with Danielle Macdonald from Sundance breakout and Directors' Fortnight entry Patti Cake$.

Guy Nattiv will direct the true story based on the life of Bryon 'Pitbull' Widner, a violent gang enforcer who is decorated in facial tattoos for committing hate crimes.

Skin will recount how Widner falls in love with a mother of three daughters outside the gang and turns his back on the gang, resulting in the arrest of its leaders.

As he embarks on his new life, the former gang member receives a $70,000 gift from a Holocaust survivor to pay for painful surgery to remove his facial tattoos.

Skin marks the fourth feature from Nattiv, whose The Flood (Mabul) won the Generation Kplus - Best Feature Film at the 2011 Berlinale and was nominated for six Israeli Academy Ophir Awards.

Code Entertainment's Al Corley, Bart Rosenblatt, and Eugene Musso are producing with ITEM 7's Guy Nattiv and Jaime Ray Newman. Jonathan Dana and Oren Moverman serve as executive producers alongside Marie-Claude Poulin and Pierre Even. ICM Partners and CAA jointly handle North American rights.

Bell will be seen later this year in Toa Fraser's SAS London embassy hostage thriller 6 Days, and his credits include Snowpiercer, Nymphomaniac, and Jane Eyre.

'Skin is new talent, it's fresh, it's daring'

"I met Bryon Widner in 2012 after seeing the MSNBC documentary on him and his tattoo removal process," Nattiv said. "I was living in Israel at the time, but chased him down, and flew to New Mexico with trepidation and fear. I was the first Jew he ever encountered, and he was certainly the first skinhead I ever met. This led to a five-year collaboration and deep friendship between us. …

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