EN - Four friends - An, Karen, Elke and Dorien - have organised a reunion weekend at a seaside resort. But they soon discover that they have drifted much further apart than they had imagined. The weekend forces them to take a hard look at friendship, love, life and hope for a new beginning.

FR - Quatre amies, An, Karen, Elke et Dorien, ont organisé un week-end de retrouvaille dans une station balnéaire. Très vite, les femmes découvrent qu’elles se sont détachées l’une de l’autre beaucoup plus que ce qu’elles ne l’auraient imaginé. Le week-end les oblige à jeter un regard sévère sur l’amitié, l’amour et la vie en général, apportant finalement l’espoir d’un nouveau départ.


Title High Heels, Low Tide
Original title Weekend aan zee
Original language Dutch
Status Completed
Production Majority Flemish
Category Features
Year 2012


Cast Eline Kuppens, Maaike Neuville, Marieke Dilles, Ellen Schoeters, Michaël Pas, Matteo Simoni, Kevin Janssens, Stefaan Degand, Thomas Ryckewaert
Photography Marijke Van Kets
Editing Bert Jacobs
Sound Dan Van Bever (on set) Thierry De Vries (post-production)
Music Johan Hoogewijs

Technical specs

Running time film 90'
Release format Hard Disc
Aspect ratio 1:1.85
Colour Colour


Supported by Flanders Audiovisual Fund (VAF)

High Heels, Low Tide in LA

Ilse Somers’ debut feature High Heels, Low Tide is set for a red carpet screening in the Golden State when the film screens on 15 August in Santa Monica as part of the ‘Grit and Whimsy’ Belgian film series.

high heels low tide ilse somersOriginally launched as part of the celebrations of Belgium’s presidency of the European Union in 2010, the ‘Grit and Whimsy’ Belgian Film Series is now organised on a permanent basis by the Belgian Consulate General in LA, in partnership with Flanders Image and the American Cinemathèque, amongst others.

Published on Tuesday 31 July 2012

Time and Tide

Writer-director Ilse Somers admits to having mixed feelings about her profession. 'I've always had this love-hate relationship with film, because it is so hard to find your way and get your projects made,' she says. Fortunately, the love has proved stronger than the hate and Somers is about to complete High Heels, Low Tide, her first feature for the big screen.

Ilse Somers, director of Seaside Rendez-Vous - portraitIt's easy to understand Somers' ambiguous relationship with filmmaking once you hear something of her career. After training as an assistant director in Brussels in the early 1980s, she went to New York to take a masters degree in film at Columbia University. This was meant to be a stepping stone into the US film industry, but just as she was completing her first assignments the Gulf War broke out, the industry contracted and the work dried up.

Published on Friday 10 February 2012

New round of projects receive VAF support

The Flanders Audiovisual Fund (VAF) has approved funding for 21 projects: 13 documentaries, two animated shorts, four fiction shorts and two fiction features. The list includes projects such as Ilse Somer’s feature debut High Heels, Low Tide and Berlinale Shorts nominee Philip J. McGoldrick's Subaru, the second part of an intended trilogy. Works from both newcomers and regulars can be found under the supported documentaries.

Set photo of Ilse Somer's Weekend © Luc PeetersTwo documentaries received script support. Caroline Van Gastel can start writing Eye of the Gazelle (Serendipity Films), a film about women looking for a new life after having been victims of violence. Peter Van Goethem is to start working on Cargo Vie (Freshwater Films), a biographical doc about Pascal de Duve, a promising writer and philosopher who died from AIDS at the age of 29.

Published on Tuesday 23 August 2011

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Director Ilse Somers
Producers Viviane Vanfleteren
Writers Ilse Somers

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