Soap and Skin – Italy and (This Is) Water

A Film by Ioan Gavriel
and Anja Franziska Plaschg


A single day: from the tender break of dawn to the darkest night.  One out of many days to come? Quite possibly the very last. A long farewell, an ultimate goodbye to a life we have grown to hold dear. Leading to a head-on dive into a new reality, into a new state of being. To long for the unknown. To desire to be at the mercy of chance. Last caresses in solidarity, last minutes in shelter. End means beginning. Death becomes birth. From water, back into water. From gas to solid. Everything is commenced by woman, everything ends with a woman. “The really important kind of freedom involves attention, and awareness, and discipline, and effort, and being able truly to care about other people and to sacrifice for them, over and over, in a myriad of petty little unsexy ways, every day.”


  • Picture of Ioan Gavriel © Ioan Gavriel

    Ioan Gavriel

    Ioan Gavriel was born in Bern in 1993 as the son of a Romanian violinist and a Swiss architect. He spent his childhood and youth in Vienna, Austria. Through his own animated films and animated work, he discovered his passion for film early on. At the age of 15 he shot the first film-funded short film with professional actors.
    Ioan works successfully as a camera technician and B-cameraman in various Austrian and international productions, with directors like Michael Haneke, Ridley Scott, Terrence Malick, Stefan Ruzowitzky, Josef Hader, Ulrich Seidl, David Schalko or Jessica Hausner. In addition to his work in the camera department, he directs various commercials and music videos for clients such as: UNHCR, Audi, McDonalds or currently for the singer Soap & Skin (O.S.T Netflix "Dark").

  • Picture of Anja Franziska Plaschg © Anja Franziska Plaschg

    Anja Franziska Plaschg

    Anja Franziska Plaschg grew up in a small village called Poppendorf (near Gnas) in south east Styria, where her parents have a farm. She has played piano since she was six. At the age of 14 she began violin studies and developed an interest in electronic music. She attended the Graz Polytechnic for Graphic Design, but dropped out at 16 and moved to Vienna shortly afterwards. There she studied art at the Academy of Fine Arts in the master class of Daniel Richter, but at 18 dropped out again.
    After only playing a handful of concerts she was already being dubbed a "Wunderkind". In 2008 she played German singer Nico in the play "Nico - Sphinx aus Eis" by Werner Fritsch in Berlin and Vienna, performing several songs in it, including "Janitor of Lunacy", from her first EP. Her first album, called "Lovetune for Vacuum", was released in March 2009. It received excellent reviews and placed in the Austrian Top 10. The album also achieved chart positions in Germany, Belgium and France. Music journalists have already claimed to see in her a new star of Austrian pop.
    Plaschg's father died in 2009 from a heart attack. During this time, Plaschg stated that she suffered serious depression for which she was hospitalized.
    The death influenced much of her second album, "Narrow". In 2010 she won a European Border Breakers Award for her international success. Her tracks "Brother of Sleep" and "Marche Funèbre" were used in the soundtrack for Universal Pictures thriller "War Games: At the End of the Day" in 2010.
    In 2012, she debuted as an actress, playing the role of the supporting character Carmen in the Austrian movie Stilleben (English title: Still Life). In 2017, she created the title melody of the German Netflix-series Dark. Two tracks, "Italy" and "Safe with Me" are used in the Italian film Sicilian Ghost Story (2017), written and directed by Fabio Grassadonia and Antonio Piazza.
    Plaschg's third full album, "From Gas to Solid / you are my friend", was released on 28 October 2018. A music video for "Heal", one of the tracks from the album, was released on 7 August 2018.

Awards + Festivals

  • DIAGONALE'19 FESTIVAL OF AUSTRIAN FILM (Official Selection, Austrian Premiere, Graz, Austria)March 19, 2019
  • 52nd HUMBOLDT INT'L FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Arcata, CA, USA)April 19, 2019
    HYPERWAVE FILM AWARDS - SPRING SEASON (Official Selection, Carson, CA, USA)May 17, 2019
    2nd SA INDIE FILM FEST (Official Selection, Cape Town, South Africa)May 24, 2019
  • TOKYO LIFT-OFF ONLINE FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Tokyo, Japan)May 27, 2019
    16th VIS - VIENNA SHORTS FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Vienna, Austria)May 28, 2019
  • 7th BERLIN MUSIC VIDEO AWARDS (Silver Screenings, Germany)May 29, 2019
  • 4th PAPHOS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Paphos, Cyprus)June 21, 2019
  • 3rd FESTIVAL OF CINEMA NYC (Official Selection, New York, NY, USA)August 2, 2019
  • 5th PARLFLIMMERN 2019 (Official Selection, Fürstenwalde, Germany)August 21, 2019
  • 5th EXPERIMENTAL SUPERSTARS (Official Selection, Novi Sad, Serbia)August 28, 2019
  • 4th FARM FILM FESTIVAL 2019 (Official Selection, Favara, Italy)August 29, 2019
  • 3rd INDIEFLICKS MONTHLY INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Manchester, UK)September 2, 2019
  • 6th FICLAPAZ - LA PAZ INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, La Paz, Bolivia)September 5, 2019
  • 12th MOSAIC WORLD FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Rockford, Illinois, USA)September 13, 2019
  • 20th SACRAMENTO FILM&MUSIC FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Rancho Cordova, USA)September 18, 2019
  • 12th CINEMA DIVERSE: THE PALM SPRINGS LGBTQ FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Palm Springs, CA, USA)September 19, 2019
  • 5th FILMFEST BREMEN (Official Selection, Bremen, Germany)September 19, 2019
  • 13th PENTEDATTILO FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Reggio Calabria, Italy)September 19, 2019
  • 3rd BOLTON INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Bolton, UK)October 1, 2019
  • 13th VOX FEMINAE FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Zagreb, Croatia)October 2, 2019
  • 14th PORNFILMFESTIVAL BERLIN (Official Selection, Berlin, Germany)October 22, 2019
  • 8th EVOLUTION MALLORCA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Palma de Mallorca, Spain)October 23, 2019
  • 10th PARIS LIFT-OFF FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Paris, France)October 25, 2019
  • 18th MIAMI SHORT FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Miami, USA)November 4, 2019
  • 13th RED ROCK FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, St. George, Utah, USA)November 6, 2019
  • 1st THE HAGUE GLOBAL CINEMA FESTIVAL (Official Selection, The Hague, Netherlands)November 15, 2019
  • 16th CORNWALL FILM FESTIVAL (MUSIC VIDEO Programme, Cornwall, UK)November 15, 2019
  • 21st YOUKI - INT'L YOUTH MEDIA FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Wels, Austria)November 19, 2019
  • 32nd MAGE + NATION. FESTIVAL FILM LGBTQUEER MONTREAL (Official Selection, Montreal, Canada)November 21, 2019
  • 12th FESTIVAL CINEMA ZERO (Official Selection, Trento, Italy)November 28, 2019
  • FRRRKK Fest - ONLINE MUSIC VIDEO FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Regensburg, Germany)December 2, 2019
  • 11th INTERNATIONAL QUEER FILM FESTIVAL MERLINKA (Official Selection, Belgrade, Serbia)December 5, 2019
  • 5th AUSTIN MUSIC VIDEO FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Austin, TX, USA)December 10, 2019
  • 1st ALWAR INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Rajasthan, India)January 4, 2020
  • 12th JAIPUR INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Jaipur, India)January 17, 2020
  • 2nd LE PRINCE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Caracas, Venezuela)January 28, 2020
  • 18th INTERNATIONAL FILMMOR WOMEN’S FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Istanbul, Turkey)March 16, 2020


Ioan Gavriel, Anja Franziska Plaschg
Ioan Gavriel, Anja Franziska Plaschg, Lenz Mosbacher
Dominic Spitaler, Keith Albert Tedesco, Patryk Senwicki, Ioan Gavriel
Director of Photography
Ioan Gavriel, Adrian Bidron
Art Direction
Francesca Mercieca
Costume Design
Anja Franziska Plaschg
Anja Franziska Plaschg
Ioan Gavriel, Anja Franziska Plaschg
Sound Design
Anja Franziska Plaschg
Anja Franziska Plaschg


Talisa Lilli Lemke
Anja Franziska Plaschg


Running Time
05:26 min
Shooting Format
Arri RAW
Screening Format
DCP, BluRay, DVD, .mov, mp4 (HD)
Aspect Ratio
Stereo, 5.1



Markus Kaatsch
aug&ohr medien
Riemannstr. 21
10961 Berlin, Germany

+49 (0)30 61620068


Ostblok Filmproduktion
Lindengasse 25/10,
1070 Vienna, Austria

+43 699 19529554


Ioan Gavriel
Josefstädterstrasse 79/25
1080 Vienna, Austria

+43 69911351460