Docu­men­tary, entirely shot on ice, about the agita­tion seizing the Nether­lands when the ice is thick enough to skate on. Skaters try to verbalise their passion.

It beats sex-induced flushes. Skating flushes are the best.’ This is how a skater describes what it feels like to be on the ice. Almost all inter­vie­wees in this docu­men­tary have a blissful smile on their lips. The men who consider it an honour to set foot on the pris­tine ice. The woman that photographs the eroti­cism of the ice. The giggling girls by the refresh­ment stall. The friends crossing an asphalt road on skates. The fami­lies making a plea­sure trip with their baby in a Bugaboo. Accom­pa­nied by the sound of the bending ice, it produces a typi­cally Dutch image, without lapsing into stereo­types.
Film­maker Leen­dert Pot is a fanat­ical skater himself. In the course of twelve years, he shot this docu­men­tary on skates, with cameras of varying qual­i­ties. The commu­nity feeling of the skaters yields candid and sharp conver­sa­tions about the passion for skating. With the Elfst­e­den­tocht dream always in the background.

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Interakt
TV company
NCRV TV

Title: Als het kan, dan moet het
Year: 2010
Duration : 54 minutes
Category: Short Documentary
Edition: NFF 2011

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