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IDFA 2017

Maregrave

Justine Cappelle
Belgium
2017
25 min
International Premiere
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This poetic film portrays the North Sea as an "emotionless player" in human life. It gives and takes as it rises and falls on Belgium’s coast at Ostend. A tidal meter serves as our reference point in this impressionistic and contemplative documentary about one of the busiest seas in the world—keeper of human history, life giver and grave all in one. A montage of images from above and below the water’s surface reveals what the sea hides from view: abandoned fishing boats, lost lives and times past. And what will the future bring when sea levels rise? We hear about a storm that swept Ostend away when it was a fishing village in the 14th century, and see two men boring into the sand to locate the former settlement. A beach scavenger finds a ring, sparking fantasies of a treasure trove. A retired sea dog gazes at the horizon from his apartment on the coast. A pier is under construction. The dead are commemorated. A fisherman's song rises up.
Credits
Director
Production
    Tom van Herzele for RITCS Royal Institute for Theater, Cinema & Sound
    Tom van Herzele for RITCS Royal Institute for Theater, Cinema & Sound
Editing
    Jasper Flikschuh
    Jasper Flikschuh
Sound
    Neal Willaert
    Neal Willaert
Sound Design
    Matijs Guypen
    Matijs Guypen
Music
    Frederik De Clercq
    Frederik De Clercq

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