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.

Original title: Onderhuids
Director: Emma Branderhorst
Cinematography: Michel Rosendaal
Production: Eva Schaaf; Patou ten Cate
Music: Leonard Kluen, Tom Schipper
Editor: Tessel de Vries
Cast: Isis Braam; Yentl Meijer; Nisrine Aghrab Miou
Script: Janna Grosfeld
Others: Costume Design: Emma Postma; Viv Puype
Dialogue: Dutch
Licensed territory: Worldwide

2021
Brussels Short Film Festival
Internationaal Filmfestival Assen
New York’s International Children’s Film Festival

2020
Berlinale – Berlin Int. Film Festival
Sehsüchte International Student Film Festival
Zlín Film Festival
Omladisnki Film Festival
Ficbueu international short film festival
DYTIATKO International Children’s Media Festival
Festival du Film Jeune de Lyon 2020
Kaohsiung International Short Film Festival
Chicago International Children’s Film Festival
Kurzfilmtage Winterthur
Cinekid Film Festival
Filmfestival Tegenstroom
Calcutta int. short film festival
Cinema in Sneakers
CinemaJove

2020
Best Short Live-Action Film, Cinekid Filmfestival
Best Editing, Calcutta Int. Short Film Festival
Best Film, Cinema in Sneaker

2019
Fiction Wildcard - Netherlands Film Fund