EN - Young fisherman Fettah has befriended many of the European windsurfers who visit his tiny village on the Moroccan Atlantic coast every summer. He has eagerly adopted their way of life and has become an amazing windsurfer himself, using old equipment the tourists leave behind. When his European friends leave, they leave behind an unbearable emptiness and Fettah often finds himself dreaming of a life far away.

One summer, Fettah falls in love with Alexandra, a Dutch girlfriend of one of the tourists. He knows she is out of reach, yet when she leaves something is broken beyond repair. The loss of Alexandra finally gives Fettah the strength to break free. He packs his backpack, takes his windsurfing board and sets off on an epic journey along the Atlantic coast towards Europe. As the wind carries him north, past Casablanca and out onto the wild and merciless open ocean, he finds that the pursuit of dreams does not come without sacrifice.


Title Atlantic.
Original title Atlantic.
Original language French, Arabic
Status Completed
Production Minority Flemish
Category Features
Genre Drama
Year 2014
World première / first public presentation 2014-09-16


Cast Fettah Lamara, Thekla Reuten, Mohamed Majd
Photography Jasper Wolf
Editing Mona Bräuer
Sound Christian Monheim
Music Piet Swerts

Technical specs

Running time film 94
Release format DCP
Aspect ratio 2:35
Sound format 5.1
Colour Colour
Available in 2D


Supported by NFF, Eurimages, Conseil de l'Europe, CoBo, Flanders Audiovisual Fund (VAF), Medienboard, Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles, Voo, NTR
Production partners Augustus Film Productions, Endorphine, Propellor Film, NTR


2014: Toronto International Film Festival (CA), Busan International Film Festival (KR), Marrakech International Film Festival (MA), Dubai International Film Festival (AE),

2015: International Film Festival Rotterdam (NL), Göteborg Film Festival (SE), European Film Market - Berlinale (DE), Febiofest Prague (CZ), Istanbul Film Festival (TR), Cinema Arab Amsterdam (NL), Beijing International Film Festival (CN), Mooov Brugge (BE), Filmfest Emden-Norderney (DE), Durban Film Festival (ZA), Ankara Film Festival (TR), Seattle International Film Festival (US), Mumbai International Film Festival (IN), Texel : into the great wide open (NL), Haifa International Film Festival (IL), Agadir Film Festival (MA), Arab Film Festival San Francisco Bay (US)

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Last edited on 18 January 2016

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Director Jan-Willem van Ewijk
Producers Marion Hänsel
Writers Jan-Willem van Ewijk, Abdelhadi Samih

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