ICON SCREEN (trailer)
IMPROVE. PERFECT. REPEAT.

ICON is about the creating of an image, an unattainable icon of perfection that is pursued in vain. Again and again we are confronted by this, as are the figures in this film. In the world that they created, they discover their imperfections and project this on the icon they designed themselves . They give her the shape they can not attain, a shape of this perfect image that can last only briefly. An endless practice in repetition, in increased expectations, in the self-imposed expectation of perfection that can never be fully achieved.

This pursuit of perfection is something that reflects on our society in many different ways. In the dance, and film industry, these expectations are further enhanced. The constant inner and external pressure to be the best, to meet a beauty standard and to be a model of perfection, creates an normous pressure on the self-image. As a result, we create an ideal image for ourselves that we almost worship but equally despise, because it emphasizes all our shortcomings. We should be better, faster, prettier. The form and content of the film emphasize and abstract this inner struggle.

TEAM

International premiere
Utah Dance Film Festival

Dutch Premiere
Cinedans 2019

WINNER Best Experimental/Animation
Rethink Dance Film Festival 2019

WINNER Best Experimental Short
Alternative Film Festival Toronto

WINNER Silver Award Best Art Film
NorCal Film Festival

WINNER Best Zero Dialogue Film
Zero Degree Film Contest

WINNER Best Dance Video & Audience Award
Consonance Music & Dance Film Festival

A film by
Guillaume Versteeg

Performed by
Alicia Verdu Macián
Daniel Barkan

With
Gaülli Stam

Produced by
Pascal Koelemij
Guillaume Versteeg

Choreography
Alicia Verdú Macián

Director of Photography
Dennis Manda

Sound Design
Skander Jaïbi

First A.C.
Antonia Ackermans

Editor & Colour Grading
Guillaume Versteeg

VFX Artist
Salvatore Lo Cascio

Vocals
Giulia Napolitano

Gaffer
D.J. Yoon

Focuspuller
Chris Snijders

Hair and Make-Up
Linsey Ladru

Production Assistant
Dennis Morsink
Torsten De Vries

With thanks to
Melissa Knollenburg
Roel Happel
Bruno Klok
Mees Borst
Menno Boere
Manda Productions
Gemeente Utrecht