How to Meet a Mermaid

  • Coco Schrijber
  • Netherlands, Denmark, Belgium
  • 2016
  • 90 min
  • World Premiere
  • IDFA Competition for Feature-Length Documentary, IDFA Competition for Dutch Documentary
Lex Schrijber went on a diving trip to Egypt in October 2000, but he never returned. His shoes, clothes and diver’s knife were found – stacked neatly – on a Red Sea beach. A diver never dives without his knife, and this fact alone was proof enough to filmmaker Coco Schrijber that her brother had made a fateful decision that day. Fifteen years later, she returns to the place where Lex was last seen, to find out why he disappeared and whether there were witnesses to his final hours. As in her previous work (including First Kill and Bloody Mondays & Strawberry Pies), Schrijber takes a multilayered, essay-like approach complemented by a lavish soundtrack, with the sea both alluring and repelling. Scenes of her search are juxtaposed with gorgeous seascapes that capture both the beauty and the destructive power of the ocean. She broadens the narrative from the personal perspective on Lex’s story by connecting it with the tales of Mexican surfer Miguel as he prepares his flight across the ocean, and the tragedy surrounding Rebecca, who disappeared from a cruise ship.

Credits

  • 90 min
  • color
  • DCP
  • Spoken languages: Spanish, Arabic, English, Dutch
  • Subtitles in: English
Director
Coco Schrijber
Production
Frank van den Engel for Zeppers Film & TV
Executive producer
Judith Vreriks for Zeppers Film & TV
Co-production
House of Real, Off World
Cinematography
Lars Skree

IDFA history

2016
World Premiere
IDFA Competition for Feature-Length Documentary
IDFA Competition for Dutch Documentary

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