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    170 Hz

    Directed by

    Netherlands

    2011

    86 min

    • Dutch

    Drama

    170 HZ is a film about unconditional love and the freedom that goes with it. Nick and Evy are two adolescents who fall hopelessly in love with each other. Their love has no voice or sound as they are both deafmute. They have their own ways of communicating with each other, so while being in love already makes them stand apart from the rest of the world, in the splendid isolation of their soundless love they distance themselves from their surroundings even more. When they sense that their parents do not fully agree with them being together, they develop an audacious plan: they will flee and hide in a special place, where Evy will become pregnant and have a baby - they are convinced that once they have a child together nothing and nobody will be able to keep them apart. Nick takes the initiative and drives off with Evy to the hiding place he has meticulously prepared, the wreck of a former Soviet submarine in a distant part of the harbour. Within that metal casing full of sounds and tremors they cannot hear, but with their strongly developed remaining senses, can feel all the more. They concentrate on their baby project. But in that cage of happiness Evy slowly discovers that Nick had another reason to disappear.

    Awards

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    • Audience Award, Netherlands FF

    Credits

    Cast
    Gaite Jansen
    Michael Muller
    Eva van Heijningen
    Ariane Schluter
    Porgy Franssen
    Robert de Hoog
    Hugo Haenen
    Baue van Leyden
    Valerie Pos
    Screenplay
    Joost van Ginkel
    Cinematography
    Rogier den Boer
    Editing
    Bob Soetekouw
    Music
    Pascal Plantinga
    Production
    COLUMN FILM
    Joost van Ginkel

    Joost van Ginkel

    Netherlands

    Joost van Ginkel (1971, The Netherlands) produced his first short film SAND (2008) by himself. SAND was selected for the 2008 Venice Film Festival, won 13 international awards and was the Dutch submission for the Academy Award Best Live Action Short. His second short film KISS (2009) was selected for the 2010 Tribeca Film Festival. His first feature film, 170 HZ, was nominated for Best Actress and Best Sound Design and won the YouthMovieSquad Award and the Public’s Choice Award at the 2011 Netherlands Film Festival. His most recent feature, THE PARADISE SUIT, was selected at TIFF in 2014

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