Marina de Van, Laurent Lucas, Léa Drucker
The unforgettable feature directorial debut of Marina de Van, then renowned for her collaborations with François Ozon, DANS MA PEAU is one of the boldest and most powerful French genre works you’ll ever encounter. The story of a successful woman who becomes primally drawn to escalating acts of self-mutilation following an accident—to the point where she needs to hide away for days to satiate her increasingly impossible-to-conceal habit—it is a hellish descent into anxiety and trauma, anchored by an extraordinary performance from de Van herself, who also scripted. The definitive body-horror drama (and in many ways a more affecting and personal precursor to Julia Ducournau’s RAW), DANS MA PEAU won Fantasia’s Audience Award for Best International Film and had a uniquely memorable screening here that culminated in the arrival of paramedics after an audience member fainted. It’s become a difficult film to see over the years, one that’s particularly ripe for re-discovery.