When from his kitchen the cook Nikolai sees Varya sitting at the bar, it’s love at first sight. The Greek woman with a Russian name and the Russian Nikolai find each other in an indefinable city. But the double entendre of the film title soon gets explained: the things we do out of love are not always loving. Where there is real love and passion, you can also hurt each other; and insecurity, exasperation and even violence await.
In her feature debut (produced as part of De Oversteek project by broadcasters VPRO and NTR, the Film Fund and the Media Fund), Paloma Aguilera Valdebenito shows us harsh moments from this turbulent relationship. In the brilliantly acted leading roles, Danil Vorobyev (seen at IFFR 2014 in Eastern Boys) and theatre actress Naomi Velissariou reveal what people can do to each other, precisely when they love each other. Safety and suffocation as two sides of the same coin.

Filmmaker
Paloma Aguilera Valdebenito
Premiere
World premiere
Country
Netherlands
Year
2016
Medium
DCP
Length
101’
Language
English
Producer
Frans van Gestel, Arnold Heslenfeld, Laurette Schillings
Production Company
Topkapi Films
Writer
Paloma Aguilera Valdebenito
Cinematography
Jasper Wolf
Editor
Saskia Kievits
Production Design
Sanne van der Hoeven
Sound Design
Michel Schöpping
Music
Juho Nurmela, Ella van der Woude, Gino Taihuttu, Jiri Taihuttu
Cast
Naomi Velissariou, Daniil Vorobyev
Website
http://topkapifilms.nl/films/out-of-love