EN - Mathias Verleyen sketches an intriguing portrait of two morgue employees. His distant and unconventional camerawork creates a situation whereby the viewer can witness the mechanics of life and death without mediation or judgment.


FR - Dans son nouveau documentaire, Verleyen dresse le portrait intriguant de deux employés de morgue. Ses prises de vue à la fois distantes et non conventionnelles permettent au spectateur d’assister aux mécanismes de vie et de mort sans médiation ou jugement.


Title Underneath the Skin
Original title Sous la peau
Original language no dialogues
Status Completed
Category Docs
Year 2011


Cast Elie Persoons, Tamara Versleypen
Photography Mathias Verleyen
Editing Toon Mertens
Music Sonicville

Technical specs

Running time film 22'
Release format 35 mm 5D
Aspect ratio 1:1.66
Colour Colour


Supported by Flanders Audiovisual Fund (VAF), SABAM, CANVAS


2012: Docville (BE)

2011: Montreal World Film Festival (CA)


A Flemish touch to Belgian festival bills

This week, the Open Doek Festival (20 – 29 April) kicked off in Turnhout, while Leuven is getting ready for the 8th edition of the International Documentary Festival DOCVILLE (27 April – 5 May). Both programs house a large selection of Flemish titles, ranging from Daniel Lambo’s Dry Branches of Iran to Berlinale attendees Anton Corbijn Inside Out andAsparragos.

Christoph Bohn's The Boy is GoneFor the eighth consecutive year, DOCVILLE highlights the best documentaries and awards prizes in various sections. This year, Flanders is well represented in its national competition with more than ten short and feature-length film titles.

Published on Wednesday 25 April 2012

Montreal World Fest invites young Flemish talent

A record number of Flemish productions and co-productions have been invited to the 35th edition of the Montreal World Film Festival. In addition to the premieres of Geoffrey Enthoven’s Come As You Are and Bavo Defurne’s North Sea Texas, which had been announced earlier, Montreal confirmed the selection of feature documentary Epilogue, as well as five short films and two minority co-productions with Flanders.

Still from Lenny Van Wesemael's short Dancing With TravoltaWith its total of ten Flemish (co)productions, Montreal has plumped for bold, new and emerging talent from Flanders. No less than five shorts are to debut: the Cannes awarded Swimsuit 46 by Wannes Destoop, Cannes selected Bento Monogatari by Pieter Dirkx, Kevin Meul’s debut The Extraordinary Life of Rocky, Lenny Van Wesemael’s Dancing with Travolta and Mathias Verleyen’s short documentary Sous la Peau (Underneath the Skin).

Published on Tuesday 2 August 2011

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Director Mathias Verleyen
Producers Toon Mertens
Writers Mathias Verleyen

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