Directed by Hanro Smitsman, 2008
Review by Rada Djurica
Skin is based on true events. Set in 1979, it tells the tragic story of a boy who fights with a father who was traumatized by the Holocaust. Director Hanro Smitsman's first feature-length movie, it won the 2008 Nederlands Film Festival Golden Calf for Best Actor (Robert de Hoog). Previously, Smitsman had won the Golden Berlin Bear at the 2007 Berlin International Festival for his short film, "Raak" (2006).
In Skin, Smitsman depicts a troubled teenager who joins racist
skinheads, which necessarily estranges him from his black best friend
and his Jewish father. Skin is an efficiently assembled little
Dutch drama. Smitsman, whose previous work was primarily for TV, evokes
similarly themes to his dramas, set in England in the post-punk period
of early '80s. Because of its themes, Skin has a very good chance
at being included in other European festivals.