What if you could not touch each other anymore? What if you became touch-phobic? What if we became an organized, impersonal, faceless, untouchable society set up to avoid all physical contact as a rule of proper behavior to the point of making physical interaction illegal? Zoë lives in such society and she is committed to finding what’s missing in her life by adhering to the Skinhearts. The ones who have to hide and traffic to put back in touch human skin. But will the most radical act there is in those times, make up for her need of human touch?
Written, produced and directed by Sally Fenaux Barleycorn
Starring Zoë van Weert
Cinematography by Jakub Giza
Edited by Daniel Fernández
Score by Jonathan Price
SKINHEARTS is supported by the AFK (Amsterdam Funds for the Arts).
“The aesthetic of this piece is just awesome—I was reminded of Terry Gilliam and even 70s era Kubrick. Tonally, it’s an intriguing piece that is interesting and sexy.”
– Short of the week
“Skinhearts is an edgy rebellion, a mirror on the future who impacts consciousness.”
– Bianca Bordero for veronicasolivellas.com
“A moody film that delicately weaves personal pain and public anguish, Skinhearts explores a world where the sexual act has become an irreverent act of rebellion. An emotionally complex portrait of human alienation, Sally Fenaux Barleycorn’s film raises disturbing questions, revealing a psychological penetrating exploration of love and freedom reminding us of Yorgos Lanthimos’s early work”
“Excellent use of surroundings and architecture!”
– Film Shortage