Under the Skin | Unter die Haut
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.
by Emma Branderhorst
with Isis Braam, Yentl Meijer, Nisrine Aghrib Miou, Lieke-Rosa Altink, Milo Borst, Bas Keijzer, Frida Rivas, Yinli Titt
Netherlands 2019 Dutch 20’ Colour empfohlen ab 11 Jahren


  • Isis Braam (Keesje)
  • Yentl Meijer (Lize)
  • Nisrine Aghrib Miou (Dunja)
  • Lieke-Rosa Altink (Marloes)
  • Milo Borst (Sep)
  • Bas Keijzer (Frank)
  • Frida Rivas (Emma)
  • Yinli Titt (Janna)


Director Emma Branderhorst
Screenplay Janna Grosfeld
Cinematography Michel Rosendaal
Editing Tessel de Vries
Music Leonard Kluen, Tom Schipper
Sound Design Gijs Domen, Freek Vrijhof
Sound Kristian Knoop
Production Design Dorus Witte
Costumes Viv Puype, Emma Postma
Make-Up Julie Jourdain
Assistant Director Doortje de Jager
Casting Babette Borgman, Sandra Augustinus
Production Manager Jesse van den Broek
Producers Eva Schaaf, Patou ten Cate

Produced by

Eva Schaaf

Additional information

Festival distribution
Kapitein Kort
Amsterdam, Netherlands

Emma Branderhorst

Born in the Netherlands in 1995, she graduated with a degree in directing from the University of the Arts Utrecht in 2019. She has worked as an assistant director and casting director for various large Dutch film production companies. Her short film Onderhuids premiered in the 2020 Berlinale Generation. She is fascinated by the topics of youth and growing up from a female perspective. She is currently developing several films as well as directing commercials.

Filmography (short films)

2017 Femme · Femme 2019 Onderhuids (Under the Skin) · Onderhuids (Under the Skin) 2021 Vlekkeloos (Spotless) · Vlekkeloos (Spotless) 2023 Ma mère et moi (My Mother and I)

Bio- & filmography as of Berlinale 2023