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Skin Deep Aus meiner Haut

Directed by Alex Schaad
Germany 2022
Runtime 103'

At first glance, Leyla and Tristan seem like a happy young couple. But when they travel to a mysterious, remote island, a game of identities begins, which changes everything – their perception, their sexuality, their whole “self”. Not only is their relationship in jeopardy, they may never be who they once were again…

Directed by
Alex Schaad

Dimitrij Schaad e Alex Schaad

Ahmed El Nagar

Franziska Köppel

Richard Ruzicka

Michael Manzke, Alex Oberrader, Marco Hanelt, Jakob Weber

Production design
Bartholomäus Martin Kleppek

Noëmi Lara Streber

Mala Emde, Jonas Dassler, Dimitrij Schaad, Maryam Zaree, Thomas Wodianka, Edgar Selge

Tobias Walker, Philipp Worm

Richard Lamprecht, Bayerischer Rundfunk 

International sales
Beta Cinema GmbH

Beta Cinema
Cosima Finkbeiner

Evelyn Holzendorf

Alex Schaad

Alex Schaad (1990) was born in Kaskelen, Kazakhstan and moved to Germany with his family in 1993. After graduating from high school and doing his civil service in Munich, he worked in various positions in film, TV and theater productions, before enrolling to study film directing at Munich film school HFF 2013. His second student film Invention of Trust won the Max Ophüls Prize as best mid-length film 2016 and the Student Oscar in Gold in Los Angeles the same year. Skin Deep is his debut feature.