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CAN GO THROUGH SKIN - THE WINNER OF THE 17th TITANIC INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL BREAKING WAVES AWARD

Kan door huid heen
The Netherlands, 2008
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Scr.: Esther Rots
Phot.: Lennert Hillege
Editor: Esther Rots
Music: Dan Geesin
Cast: Rifka Lodeizen, Wim Opbrouck, Chris Borowski, Elisabeth van Nimwegen, Tina de Bruin
Distributor: Films Boutique
Format: 35 mm
Color
94 mins
www.cangothroughskin.com

The film tells of the claustrophobia and trauma experienced by a young woman, Marieke, after she is attacked in her Amsterdam flat. She leaves her urban lifestyle behind and buys an abandoned house in the Zeeland countryside – but rather than being haunted by this uncanny building, she literally haunts the house herself, hiding in its corners and disappearing in cupboards, while getting further and further drawn into violent, Repulsion-like fantasies. Only a friendly neighbour, it seems, can help to fix her cracks and get her back to some semblance of reality.

„The bubble of Marieke’s carefree urban life is burst abruptly. Without being able to do anything about it, she is changed from a ‘free human being’ into a ‘victim’ in a matter of seconds. How do you carry on from there? How do you survive such total mental breakdown? I have tried to provide an answer to these questions by staying as close to myself as I could: what would I do? Another question I was trying to come to grips with is: How do you deal with a legal system protecting the rights of offenders, instead of the victim’s? Along with the instinctive, allconsuming feelings of vengeance from which there is no relief.” (Esther Rots)

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