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Under the Skin

Original title: Onderhuids
Netherlands, 2019, 20 min.

Director: Emma Branderhorst
Production company:
Patou ten Cate
Eva Schaaf

Age recommendation: 12 years and up
Film genre: Feature film

Three friends are training for a synchronised swimming competition, executing rhythmic turns in the water in the same unison with which they bully other girls in the changing room. Yet beneath the surface, turmoil is brewing. Gestures and glances exchanged in atmospheric scenes gradually condense into a narrative of intrigue and jealousy, the young athletes‘ forced competition-ready smiles starkly emblematic of their friendships.

Stockholm FF 2021
Internationaal Filmfestival Assen 2021
New York international Children’s FF 2021
Sehsüchte International Student FF 2020
Zlín FF 2020
Omladisnki Film Festival 2020
Ficbueu international short film festival 2020
DYTIATKO International Children’s Media Festival 2020
Festival du Film Jeune de Lyon 2020
Kaohsiung International Short FF 2020
Chicago International Children’s FF 2020
Winterthur International Short Film Festival 2020
Cinekid Film Festival 2020 (awarded)
Filmfestival Tegenstroom 2020
Calcutta int. short film festival 2020 (awarded)
Brussels Short FF 2020
Berlinale Generation Kplus 2020
Cinema in Sneakers 2020 (awarded)
CinemaJove 2020
Nederlands Filmfestival 2019