Three years ago, Nate Parker’s historical drama “The Birth of a Nation” was the toast of Sundance and a sure-fire awards contender for Fox Searchlight until later in the year when Parker himself became engulfed in controversy when it emerged he had once been charged with, and acquitted of, rape.
Parker’s publicity tour and defensive interviews about the incident proved a PR debacle, and both the film and he vanished from the public conversation. Now he’s back with his second feature “American Skin” which has reportedly been added to the Venice Film Festival lineup.
Parker both directs and stars in the movie in which he plays Lincoln, a Marine veteran who now works as a school janitor and is trying to mend his relationship with his son after his divorce.
One day, during a routine police check, the boy is killed. However the officer guilty of shooting him is declared innocent without having to face trial. Lincoln then takes matters into his own hands.
Screening in the out-of-competition Sconfini section, filmmaker Spike Lee is expected to attend the premiere and both offer n introduction and host a Q&A after the screening.
Venice has been embroiled in #MeToo controversy already for the fact that only two female filmmakers were chosen for the official competition, while filmmaker Roman Polanski is amongst the directors screening new films.
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