De Ontmoeting - When We Were Strangers

Ayla Spaans Short film - 2019 - 8 min.

In a house full of merrymakers, love flares up without words, to be extinguished again at dawn, after a night full of extraordinary feelings.

Ayla Spaans makes her debut with this non-verbal, experimentally composed love story. When Lila goes to a party by day and enters the room, she is overcome by emotions and feels lost. Until she meets Luca. They fall in love and set out on an adventure together. Every room in the house represents a new phase in their relationship. Colour, dance, sound and movement sweep the spectator along in their feelings. But when confusion does arise after all and a new day dawns, they lose each other again in the last rooms. Was it all an illusion?


Director(s) Ayla Spaans
Script Ayla Spaans
Producer(s) Ushani Karunadasa
Ayla Spaans
Production Company
Ushani Karunadasa
Ayla Spaans
Mascha Spaans
Jessica Varkevisser
Co-production Company
De Ontmoeting
Vice Benelux BV
Director of Photography
René Huwaë
Production Design
Daylene Kroon
Ayla Spaans
Costume Design
Danja Dane
Sound Design
Ruud de groot
Boris Acket
Lilli Bos
Efrem Toto Boroto
Madelief Veldhuisen
Yassine el Ouardi
Madelief Veldhuisen
Yassine el Ouardi
Claire de Caluwe
Darion Thompson
Giorgio Lepelblad
Isabel Boenders
Janne Bless
Ricky Nainggolan
Stephanie Bonnet
Yoeri Pham
Still Photography
René Huwaë
Nicola Hepp
Production Country