GER 2016, 93 min
On 14.09.2012 at 2:56pm, the cruise liner Adventure of the Seas reports to the Spanish Maritime Rescue Centre the sighting of a dinghy adrift with 13 persons on board. From a YouTube clip and biographical scenes evolve a choreography reflecting the past, present and future of the voyagers on the Mediterranean.
The coordinates 37°28.6'N and 0°3.8'E mark a point in the Mediterranean – 38 nautical miles from the port city Cartagena in Spain or 100 nautical miles from the Algerian port city Oran – depending on the narrator’s perspective. Observing the sea from this point, the whole world is water, sky and boundless horizon. A “sea of possibilities”, charged with the hopes, fears and dreams of the voyagers.
On 14th September 2012 at 2:56pm, using these coordinates, the cruise liner Adventure of the Seas reports to the Spanish Maritime Rescue Centre the sighting of a dinghy adrift with 13 persons on board. Visual contact. 90 minutes. Waving. Waiting.
The radio traffic between the cruise liner, the Cartagena port authorities, the rescue cruiser “Salvamar Mimosa” and the helicopter “Helimer 211” structures the soundscape of the film. From the recordings with tourists and officers of the cruise liner, with the crew of a container ship, with the Harraga, les bruleurs – “who burn their passports”, and their families the biographic traces of the documentary material are extended into a cinematic imagination. Visually, the cinematic space contracts to a single, unedited sequence arching over the total duration of the film. It is a short YouTube clip which seems today as the very essence, the condensation of the situation in the Mediterranean. In single frames, the dinghy with 13 figures on board becomes an icon of the daily news images. We are forced to watch. From the recordings with tourists and officers of the cruise liner, with the crew of a container ship, with the Harraga, les bruleurs – “who burn their passports”, and their families the biographic traces of the documentary material are extended into a cinematic imagination. A choreography emerges reflecting the past, present and future of the voyagers: Will another, a new potential space become visible when they meet again – in a cinematic space?
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Language: OV, Subtitles: German
Awards and Festivals
- Berlinale Forum 2016
- Best Experimental Film - Preis der deutschen Filmkritik 2017
- ARTE-documentary award at Duisburger Filmwoche 2016
- Best international feature film at L’Alternativa Barcelona 2016
- Best editing in an international feature at RIDM - Montreal 2016
- Special mention - Prix Georges de Beauregard international auf dem FID Marseille 2016
Merle Kröger, Philip Scheffner
Director and Editor
Director of Photography
Terry Diamond, Bernd Meiners
Pascal Capitolin, Volker Zeigermann
Volker Zeigermann, Alexander Gerhardt, Philip Scheffner
Merle Kröger, Caroline Kirberg
Meike Martens, Marcie Jost, Peter Zorn
In Coproduktion with
Blinker Filmproduktion, Worklights Media Production, ZDF (Doris Hepp)
In Cooperation with
Research founded by
Robert Bosch Stiftung
Developement founded by
Production founded by
Medienboard Berlin Brandenburg, BKM, Deutscher Filmförderfonds, Filmförderung Hamburg Schleswig-Holstein, Mitteldeutsche Medienförderung, Film und Medien Stiftung NRW
Film talk with Philip Scheffner (by Matthias Dell & Simon Rothöhler (39 Min), © Cargo 2016), 20-page booklet with texts to the book and film
English, German, French, Polish
93 Min. + 39 Min. Extras
Stereo + DD 5.1
with no age restriction