C

After seeing the infinite, humanity plops down in a gray and empty restaurant. Humankind tries to forcefully become a collective, which leads to the confrontational but beautiful reality that we all are dependent on one another.

  • Sam Niehorster
    Director
  • Merlijn Hermsen
    Director
  • Merlijn Hermsen
    Writer
  • Sam Niehorster
    Producer
  • Merlijn Hermsen
    Producer
  • Adit Ram
    Producer
  • Millie Lavers
    Key Cast
  • Hans Doodkorte
    Key Cast
  • Emile Vinesh
    Key Cast
  • Project Type:
    Experimental, Short, Student
  • Genres:
    Drama, Love, Everyday life
  • Runtime:
    15 minutes 58 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    December 23, 2021
  • Production Budget:
    3,000 EUR
  • Country of Origin:
    Netherlands
  • Country of Filming:
    Netherlands
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital
  • Aspect Ratio:
    2.39∶1
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    Yes
  • Student Project:
    Yes - Willem de Kooning Academie
Director Biography - Sam Niehorster, Merlijn Hermsen

Sam is a woman who is part of the lgbtq+ community and is currently a student at the Willem de Kooning academy in the Transformation design curriculum. She has worked in fields such as human rights, art therapy, ecological and physical health, mostly with children. All of her work is centered around mending different communities together to create a cohesive collective. Sam is currently designing her own educational system for 4 to 12 year olds. She uses film as one of her primary tools to project these ambitions into the world.

Merlijn Hermsen is a POC screenwriter and director based in Rotterdam. He is currently studying Audiovisual design at the Willem de Kooning Academy. His work is typified by its focus on abstract portrayals of the current human experience. He searches for honesty and rawness in his films and communicates with these his beliefs about equality, mental health and humankind as a whole. In 2019 he was invited as one of the participants of the duemila 30 film festival in Milan.

Since he was a young child, Merlijn fully believed in the power of cinema. He sees it as a weapon for the future, a weapon that can create change, a weapon that can make people unconsciously reflect. It is his most effective way to express what he sees and feels in and around him.

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Director Statement

In short, "C" portrays a version of "I love you" in a pure and unfiltered way, a way not often seen in our Western society. In the film, our experience of being human and all of its complexities such as loneliness, relationships and happiness will be visualized in an alternative way. In its essence, the film is an invitation to reflect on yourself, each other, the world and everything in between.