Good Films, indie distributor with an arthouse line-up (Lars von Trier’s Nymphomaniac, Xavier Dolan’s Mommy, Richard Linklater’s Before Midnight…), will release Short Skin in Italy. Films Boutique has acquired for international sales for the feature.
Short Skin is directed by Duccio Chiarini and is produced by Babak Jalali, and it stars Matteo Creatini, Francesca Agostini, Nicola Nocchi, Miriana Raschillà, Bianca Ceravolo, Michele Crestacci, Bianca Nappi, Crisula Stafida, Francesco Acquaroli, Lisa Granuzza di Vita. Short Skins premieres in Venice on August 30.
Ever since he was a child, the seventeen-yearold Edoardo has suffered from a malformation of the foreskin that stops him from masturbating and makes him insecure and ill at ease with girls. Shut up in his sexless microcosm, Edoardo reacts with irritation to the pressures of the outside world, which do nothing but exacerbate his insecurity. No one around him seems to be capable of talking about anything but sex: his friend Arturo, obsessed with the idea of losing his virginity; his parents who urge Edoardo to make overtures to Bianca, the girl next door who has arrived from Milan as she does every year to spend the vacation with her grandmother; even his little sister Olivia, frantically in search of a bitch with which to mate her dog. It will not be the pressures of others that will release Edoardo from his shyness but the close encounter with a girl he meets by chance and an unexpected receptiveness toward him on Bianca’s part. Forced against his will to emerge from the shadows in which he has hidden for years, Edoardo will initially try to solve his problem by clumsy stratagems before finding, at last, the courage to face his own fears.
Short Skin tells the story of a process of sexual and emotional growth. Confined by his fears and insecurities in a shell that cuts him off from girls, Edoardo will learn to develop other gifts that will help him to a deeper understanding of the female world and the endless contradictions of the sentiments. The idea of this film is to explore the fragility and weaknesses of the male sex, too often represented exclusively in terms of the stereotypes of machismo.