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 recommendation: 11 years and up


  • 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)


DirectorEmma Branderhorst
ScreenplayJanna Grosfeld
CinematographyMichel Rosendaal
EditingTessel de Vries
MusicLeonard Kluen, Tom Schipper
Sound DesignGijs Domen, Freek Vrijhof
SoundKristian Knoop
Production DesignDorus Witte
CostumesViv Puype, Emma Postma
Make-UpJulie Jourdain
Assistant DirectorDoortje de Jager
CastingBabette Borgman, Sandra Augustinus
Production ManagerJesse van den Broek
ProducersEva 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 2019 Onderhuids (Under the Skin) 2021 Vlekkeloos (Spotless)

Bio- & filmography as of Berlinale 2022