EN - A Sea Change takes its audience to the IBIS maritime boarding school in Ostende. In buildings that look out towards the sea, boys from six to 16 sleep, eat and play. They learn how to read the sea, sail with a fishing boat and help haul in the catch. In the classrooms, the impetuous sea is captured in maps. On sea maps, there are no storms and there is no time: the sea might seem timeless, but much is changing. The coast is permeated with nostalgia, as if the sea had turned its face to the past. Sooner or later the fishing fleet will disappear, together with many endangered species of fish. The fish auction hall in Ostende is in decay, the harbour coated in rust. Nonetheless, a new colour is appearing from beneath the peeling paint….

NL - Een idee van de zee speelt zich af in het maritiem internaat IBIS in Oostende. In de gebouwen die uitzicht geven op de zee slapen, eten en spelen jongens tussen zes en 16 jaar. Ze leren om naar de zee te kijken, gaan mee op een vissersboot en helpen de vis binnen te halen. Terwijl de vissers aan het werk zijn, bekijken ze de bijvangst en staren naar de horizon. In de les leggen ze de onstuimige zee vast op kaarten, waar geen stormen en tijd bestaan. Maar hoewel de zee tijdloos lijkt, is er veel aan het veranderen. De kust lijkt doordrongen van nostalgie, alsof de zee haar gezicht naar het verleden heeft gekeerd. De visserij zal vroeg of laat verdwijnen, samen met de vele bedreigde vispopulaties. De vismijn in Oostende is vervallen, de haven is verroest, maar onder de afbladderende verf komt een nieuwe kleur tevoorschijn.

Info

Title A Sea Change
Original title Een idee van de zee
Original language Dutch
Status Completed
Production Majority Flemish
Category Docs , Experimental
Year 2016
World première / first public presentation 2016-04-20

Credits

Photography Nina de Vroome
Editing Sebastien Demeffe, Nina de Vroome
Sound Rémi Gerard
Music De Beren Gieren

Technical specs

Running time film 61'
Release format DCP/ HD
Aspect ratio 16:9
Sound format Dolby 5.1
Colour Colour
Available in 2D

Partners

Supported by the Flanders Audiovisual Fund (VAF), Beursschouwburg
Production partners Atelier Graphoui

Festivals

2017: Festival International Jean Rouch, Paris (FR); Filmer à tout prix, Brussels (BE); Sphinx Cinema, Ghent (BE); Bozar, Brussels (BE)

2016: Beursschouwburg, Brussels (BE); Regard Neuf - Visions du Réel, Nyon (CH); Human Rights Film Festival, Zagreb (HR); Cercle de Laveu, Liège (BE); Film Festival Oostende (BE); City Cinema, Nieuwpoort (BE); Het Bos, Antwerp (BE); CC De Grote Post, Oostende (BE)

Awards

2017: Prix du patrimoine culturel immatériel - Jean Rouch Film Festival (FR)

Flemish documentaries selected for Visions du Réel in Nyon

A Sea Change, a documentary feature debut by Nina de Vroome, is set to receive its world premiere at the Visions du Réel International Documentary Film Festival, which takes place from 15-23 April in Nyon, Switzerland. The programme also includes Pieter-Jan De Pue’s The Land of the Enlightened, as well as two student films - Mainland and Whisper - and two projects realised within the framework of DocNomads, a joint masters programme with Flanders. Finally, the classic documentary Sarah says… Leïla says… by Frans Buyens will get a special screening at the Festival.

A Sea ChangeA Sea Change directed by Nina de Vroome will get its world premiere in Nyon where it has been selected for the Regard Neuf programme. The documentary looks at the IBIS maritime boarding school in Ostend, and offers a reflection on the decline of the fishing industry.

Published on Wednesday 30 March 2016

You must be logged in to view the press kit. Login

Don't have an account? Register

Last edited by Blauwhuis on 19 February 2018

Short info

Director Nina de Vroome
Producers Sieber Marly, Lotte Van Craeynest
Writers Nina de Vroome
Contact

Sieber
Lotte Van Craeynest
Friedrich Froebelstraat 7
9000 Gent
België
T +32 472 63 60 72
lottevancraeynest@gmail.com
ninadevroome@gmail.com
sieber.be

Sales


Website www.sieber.be/en/projects/detail/a-sea-change-een-idee-van-de-zee
Preferential partners