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Celine Rattray (Producer), Oren Moverman (Producer), Jaime Ray Newman (Producer), Danielle Macdonald (Actress), Jamie Bell (Actor), Guy Nattiv (Director, Screenwriter, Producer)

Moderation: Jenni Zylka

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Raised by two ardent white supremacists, Bryon bears hatred deep in his heart – and visibly on his skin: even this young skinhead’s face is covered in tattoos, many of which feature right-wing slogans and symbols. But then he meets and falls in love with mother-of-three Julie who has just turned her back on the right-wing scene. Deciding that he too wants to get out, he seeks help from human rights activist Daryle. But Bryon’s racist ‘family’ will not let him go.
In Skin, Israeli director Guy Nattiv brings together an outstanding cast to tell, in oppressively authentic images, the true story of Bryon Widner who broke out of the scene and whose change of heart found a physical expression: in an extremely painful procedure, Widner spent months having most of his tattoos removed.

Guy Nattiv

USA 2019


117’ · Colour


Jamie Bell (Bryon)
Danielle Macdonald (Julie)
Vera Farmiga (Shareen)
Bill Camp (Fred)
Mike Colter (Daryle)
Zoe Colletti (Desiree)
Colbi Gannett (Iggy)
Kylie Rogers (Sierra)
Louisa Krause (April)
David Henshall (Slayer)


Written and directed by
Guy Nattiv
Director of Photography
Arnaud Potier
Lee Percy
Dan Romer
Lew Goldstein
Production Design
Mary Lena Colston
Mirren Gordon-Crozier
Stephen Bettles
Laura Rosenthal
Assistant Director
Ben Kahn
Guy Nattiv, Celine Rattray, Trudie Styler, Jaime Ray Newman, Oren Moverman, Dillon D Jordan


Guy Nattiv

Born in Tel Aviv, Israel in 1973, he studied at the film and television department of the Camera Obscura School of Art in the same city. As a director he made short films and commercials for international companies for over ten years. His short film Mabul (The Flood) screened at the 2002 Berlinale where it won a Crystal Bear. From this work he developed a feature film of the same name which also screened in the Generation section. In 2004, Panorama presented his short film Strangers (with Erez Tadmor). His short film by the name of Skin has been nominated for an Oscar; his full-length film Skin is the first feature film he has made in the USA.


2002 Mabul (The Flood); short film 2003 Strangers; short film, co-director: Erez Tadmor 2006 Offside; short film, co-director: Erez Tadmor 2007 Strangers; co-director: Erez Tadmor 2010 Mabul 2014 Magic Men; co-director: Erez Tadmor · Dear God 2018 Skin; short film

Bio- & filmography as of Berlinale 2019

Produced by

New Native

Maven Pictures

PaperChase Films

Sight Unseen

World sales

Voltage Pictures