Sony Pictures Classics have released the first teaser trailer for The Skin I Live In, and it packs an unsettling punch.

The Skin I Live In marks the return of visionary Spanish auteur Pedro Almodóvar, and stars Antonio Banderas, Elena Anaya, Marisa Paredes, Bárbara Lennie, Blanca Suárez and Fernando Cayo.

Ever since his wife was burned in a car crash, Dr. Robert Ledgard (Banderas), an eminent plastic surgeon, has been interested in creating a new skin with which he could have saved her. After twelve years, he manages to cultivate a skin that is a real shield against every assault.

In addition to years of study and experimentation, Robert needed a further three things: no scruples, an accomplice and a human guinea pig. Scruples were never a problem. Marilia, the woman who looked after him from the day he was born, is his most faithful accomplice. And as for the human guinea pig…

At a scant 33 seconds, the trailer doesn’t give much away in terms of plot, but does tease an evocative and disturbing piece of filmmaking from one of the world’s most daring directors.

The Skin I Live In will be officially unveiled at the 64th annual Cannes Film Festival, before hitting UK cinemas on August 26.

Source: Flix