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 deaf mute. 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 harbor. 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.
Language: Sign Language, Dutch
Written & directed by: Joost van Ginkel
Producers: Gijs van de Westelaken (Column Film), Ellen Havenith (Delegate Producer for Column Film)
Distributor: Cinéart Netherlands
Supported by: De Oversteek (The Netherlands Film Fund, Dutch Cultural Media Fund, CoBO)
In co-production with: VPRO
Selected for: The Netherlands Film Festival 2011, Busan International Film Festival 2011, Seattle International Film Festival 2012, Shanghai International Film Festival 2012, Giffoni International Film Festival 2012, Moscow International Film Festival 2012, Fest International Film Festival 2012.
Winner of: Audience Award @ Netherlands Film Festival 2011, MovieSquad Award (15-19 years old) @ Netherlands Film Festival 2011, Audience Award @ Fest International Film Festival 2012, Aluminium Gryphon Cial Award (category 16+) @ Giffoni International Film Festival 2012.
Nominated for: Best Actress @ Netherlands Film Festival 2011 and Best Sound design @ Netherlands Film Festival.