Young deaf girl runs away with her deaf rebel friend when their parents disap­prove of their rela­tion­ship. The longing for freedom crum­bles when the boy turns out to have a guilty conscience.
Evy (16) is in love with Nick (19). Both come from a well-to-do family, but Nick is a rebel who has a thorny rela­tion­ship with his father. One day, Nick has dinner with Evy’s family and insults her father. The latter says he disap­proves of their rela­tion­ship and in the subse­quent row he hits his daughter. Nick steals a car and the two young lovers run away to start a new life. They find their freedom aboard a deserted subma­rine, but Evy finds out the aggres­sive Nick is harbouring a secret.
The classic love story has a twist, because both Evy and Nick are deaf. This gives the incom­pre­hen­sion that young people encounter an extra turn.
The title refers to the highest of the low tones that Mick can still hear. Sound — and the lack of it — is an impor­tant char­acter in the subti­tled film, which is told from the deaf char­ac­ters’ perspec­tive. They commu­ni­cate through sign language. The sound design of the film shows hearing people what it’s like to be deaf.

Title: 170 Hz
Year: 2011
Duration : 1 hour, 26 minutes
Category: Feature film
Edition: NFF 2011

Gouden Kalf nominees

Beste Geluid (2011)
Marco Vermaas
Beste Actrice (2011)
Gaite Jansen

Other awards

Cinema.nl Afficheprijs (2011)
Film1 Publiekprijs (2011)
MovieSquad Award (2011)

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