Xavier Gens (The Divide, Frontiere(s), The Crucifixion) will see his adaptation of Albert Sanchez Piñol’s Spanish novel Cold Skin premiere at the upcoming Sitges International Fantastic Film Festival.
As previously reported, the film is a Lovecraftian tale of isolation and madness that has been in the works since 2009 when 30 Days of Night director David Slade was developing from a script by Alex and David Pastor (Carriers). At some point, that creative teamed turned over and Gens ended up shooting the film from a script by 28 Weeks Later scribe Jesús Olmo.
Cold Skin takes place on the edge of the Antartic Circle, in the years after World War I, a steam ship approaches a desolate island far from all shipping lanes. On board is a young man, on his way to assume the lonely post of weather observer, to live in solitude for a year at the end of the world. But on shore, he finds no trace of the man whom he has been sent to replace, just a deranged castaway who has witnessed a horror he refuses to name. The rest is forest, a deserted cabin, rocks, silence, and the surrounding sea. And then the night begins to fall…
It stars Ray Stevenson (Punisher: War Zone, Big Game) and David Oakes (The Borgias, The White Queen) along with Spain’s double-Goya nominee Aura Garrido.
Here’s the new international trailer, which does not have English-subs, although you can pretty much tell what’s going on.