Silent Heat

On a vacation with her girlfriend Lyla’s fantasies are triggered in an unexpected way. After she is stung by a sea urchin she meets the sensual Valéry who takes her to an underground sub culture with a peculiar fetisj. The island appears to be full of pleasure and a scenery of desire that will change Lyla’s life forever.

Director Biography

In 2017 Luciënne Venner (1989) graduated from the Gerrit Rietveld Academy with the film A Ride to Moresnet, a portrait of a woman who travels to the forgotten neighboring country 'Moresnet'. The film, labeled as the best graduationfilm by HET PAROOL, Jan Pieter Ekker, shows Venner's fascination by 'The idea of a personal transformation in a Dyonysian environment and schedding an accepted persona in exchange for a new one'. In 2018 she made her debut film Error of Eros, about that if we don't embrace fear, there will never be bliss. Desire, eroticism and sexual identity are important themes in her films as we can experience in the world of Silent Heat, which has been selected for the Golden Calf competition 2021 at the Netherlands Filmfestival. Her work has been shown at festivals such as the Netherlands Filmfestival and abroad during film festivals and exhibitions such as Brooklyn Film Festival and Korean Queer Film Festival in Seoul, Fairytales Queer Film Festival in Calgary in Canada. Her film Error of Eros was selected for Forum of the Directors at the NFF and received the Award for the best art film at the Nahia Filmfestival in Granada, Spain. It has also been shown at the Kassel Documentary festival in Germany, Dutch Center in London, One take festival in Zagreb in Croatia and the Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art in Russia. Her latest film Silent Heat has been selected for the Gouden Kalf competition and will be screened at Long Beach Qfilmfestival, LA Queerfilmfestival and Frameline Fangs showcase in San Francisco.


Luciënne Venner











Wet Stories

Thursday, 9 June 21:45 - 23:15 / Kijkhuis 2
90 min.
Saturday, 11 June 21:30 - 23:00 / Kijkhuis 2
90 min.

Also in this session

1. El océano analogo
Luis Macias, 9
2. Haulout
Evgenia Arbugaeva, Maxim Arbugaev, 25
3. Carnivorous Bean Sprout
SeO, 5 min.
4. L'homme inconnu
Anthony Schatteman, 22
5. Deep Water
Anna Dudko, 6
6. Silent Heat
Luciënne Venner, 18

National Competition

Friday, 10 June 18:30 - 20:00 / Kijkhuis 2
90 min.

Also in this session

1. Our Ark
Deniz Tortum, Kathryn Hamilton, 13
2. Minimal Sway While Starting My Way Up
Stéphanie Lagarde, 16 min.
3. Hantu
Kim Kokosky Deforchaux, 19
4. Heat Waves
Kent Chan, 21
5. Silent Heat
Luciënne Venner, 18