A film by

the Netherlands | 27' | 06/2016 | fiction

In our society, where self-fulfillment has become an obligation, identical twin sisters are on a retreat. Encouraged by their spiritual coach, Vera and Josefien are searching for their own selves. When Vera finds out that she wants to free herself from her sister, their relationship and identity as twins are put to the test.

Malu Janssen


Raised in Eindhoven, Malu (1989) studied Theater and Film Studies before enrolling at the Netherlands Film Academy, were she graduates with her short film EIGEN /OUR OWN. During her years at film school she experimented with genre and different visual styles. Among the short films she directed are February Hymn and Krabbendans. She directed music videos for the Amsterdam-based band Jungle By Night (“Attila” and “Kingfisher”) and interned with Dutch director Ben Sombogaart as director’s assistant. Malu aspires to make films that require a certain effort of their audience and that not only play on the emotions, but also on the mind.


  • Eigen / Our Own (2016)
  • February Hymn (2015)
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Screenwriter Alicia Muñoz Reyes
Director Malu Janssen
Producers Thom Arends, Emma Kuijper, Julia Oosterhoff, Julia Schellekens
Cinematography Lukas de Kort
Production Design Hanneke Wind
Art Direction Bobby Bo Stips
Editor Nina Graafland
Sound design Jacob Oostra
Sound recordist Regard Ibrahim
Composer Arend Bruijn
Cast: Imke Smit, Jip Smit, Sylvia Poorta


  • Nederlands Film Festival, the Netherlands (21 – 30 September, 2016)
    Student Competition
  • Internationale Kurzfilmtage Winterthur, Switzerland (8 – 13 November, 2016)
    International Competition
  • Eindhoven Film Festival, the Netherlands (9 – 11 December, 2016)
    Official Selection Won: Best Debut
  • Tegenstroom Internationaal Festival, the Netherlands (9 -11 December, 2016)
  • Vers Awards, the Netherlands (17 December, 2016)
  • Go Short – International Short Film Festival Nijmegen, the Netherlands (5 – 9 April, 2017)
    Breaking Short Student Competition
  • Crossing Europe Filmfestival, Austria (25 – 30 April, 2017)
    Cinema Next Europe Selection
  • Konstanzer kurz.film.spiele, Germany (21 – 22 October, 2017)
    Official Competition
  • Hyperfest, Romania (27 – 31 October, 2017)
    International Competition
  • International Film Festival Etiuda&Anima, Poland (21 – 26 November, 2017)
    Film School Competition Won: Honourable Mention