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The First Sea

AT/GER 2013, 60 min, Clara Trischler

An NGO invites Wafaa and Raneen, along with a group of other young West Bank
Palestinians, to spend a day at the beach – in Israel. Although they live nearby, an
impenetrable barrier has always made it impossible for them to go there. Is this trip
a fantasy or a window on the future?

Growing up in times of conflict – 13-year old Palestinian girls Wafaa and Raneen from two different Westbank villages are faced with the option of going on a one-day trip to the beach in Israel. Although they live only a few kilometers away, they have both never been to the sea. Israeli peace activists organize a day at the beach in Tel Aviv for Palestinian women and children, to let them exchange the view on the Wall against the horizon.

One summer morning, Wafaa is preparing for the journey and imagining pretty people in Israel, while Raneen is playing freedom fighter with her friends. Her village is in constant conflict with the Israeli soldiers and for her and her parents it is out of the question to spend a beach day with the “others”.
Is the day by the sea a one-day utopia? Or a possible future?

festivals

Zürich Int. Film Festival 2013, CH | Filmfestival Max Ophüls Preis 2014, DE | FIPA Biarritz 2014, FRA | Diagonale 2014, AT | Jewish Film Festival Vienna 2014, AT | Doc Point Helsinki 2014, FIN | Dok Fest Munique 2015, DE

awards

Best Human/Cultural Film - Flagstaff Mountain Film Festival, Arizona 2014, USA

Director's statement

In 2009 my Israeli flatmate told me about the initiative to bring Palestinians to the sea for the first time in their lives. Something touched me about this story, the surreal image of seemingly hostile groups spending a day on the beach together... I decided to get my camera and take an early-morning-bus to write an article about it. First glances, first experiences. Their seeming sameness, almost naked, unarmed in the water. Their silent yet so personal communication. That day ended, the floating tires were left void, and I thought about how little I still knew about the lives of the people I met that day, but also how little Israelis and Palestinians seemed to know about the other ones' reality.

Director Clara Trischler

Austrian director Clara Trischler has always been interested in border issues, the extent to which someone is defined by the place one is born into, the influence of outer circumstances on our personal stories and freedom. After studying at the European Film College in Denmark, she moved to Israel, where she worked for the World Centre for Holocaust Research “Yad Vashem” and as a correspondent for Austrian radio broadcasting during the Gaza War in 2009. After a number of film internships in Berlin and New York, she started studying screenplay at the Film Academy of Vienna, where she discovered her love for documentary filmmaking. Since April 2013, Clara is continuing her film studies at the Instituto Universitario Nacional del Arte in Buenos Aires.
For “The First Sea”, her first long documentary film, Clara won the scholarship “Perspektive Österreichisches Nachwuchsfilmschaffen” and a Honorable Mention at the spec_script Award in 2010.
Seashells and Milk (director, documentary short, Israel/Palestine, 2012)
Albatrosse (Writer, short film, 35 mm/8mm, Director: Mike Kren, Austria 2013)
Tuppern (Writer, middlelength film, Director: Vanessa Gräfingholt, Austria 2013)
Sinking Islands (director, short film, 16 mm, Austria 2010)
First Memories (director, documentary short, 16 mm, Austria 2010)
Sinai (director, documentary short, 16 mm, Austria 2009)
We have no heaven to wait for (director, short film, Denmark 2007)

Producer Sarita Sharma

A film and transmedia producer with a background in law, history, musicology and media management, Sarita Sharma has produced several documentaries and fiction short films with her company Kinomaton Berlin, mostly in collaboration with national or international partners. The core activity is visual storytelling on different platforms (cinema, tv, internet, social media, mobile, transmedia, interactive) with a focus on human stories, culture and society. Her feature documentary co-production Fuck For Forest by Michal Marczak won the award for Best Documentary at Warsaw International Film Festival 2012 and had its international premiere at Rotterdam IFFR in 2013, that was and is followed by numerous festival participations including Dokfestival München and South by Southwest 2013. The German cinema release of the film will happen in June 2013.


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Presskit

NEWS

BRUDER JAKOB, SCHLÄFST DU NOCH?

26.8.
12.00 - Filmtheater Kitzbühel

4.9.
19.30 - dekArTe, Wr. Neustadt

10.9.
19.00 - JUFA Kino, Murau

11.9.
19.00 - Stadtsäle, Voitsberg
19.00 - Stadtkino, Bruck an der Mur
19.30 - Premiere Filmcasino, Wien

12.9.
18.00 - Premiere Moviemento, Linz
19.00 - Museumsturm, Leoben
20.30 - Premiere Localbühne Freistadt

13.9.
19.00 - Premiere Schubertkino, Graz
19.00 - Kino Gröbming
19.00 - Maxxoom, Hartberg
19.00 - Laßnitzhaus, Deutschlandsberg

14.9.
19.00 - Kulturhaus, Liezen

ab 14.9.
Filmhaus, Wien
Village Cinema, Wien
Programmkino Wels
Moviemento Linz
Localbühne Freistadt
Schubertkino, Graz
JUFA Kino, Murau

15.9.
17.00 - Veranstaltungszentrum Judenburg

19.9.
Kino im Kesselhaus, Krems

ab 4.10.
Premiere Leokino, Innsbruck

ab 10.10.
Premiere Das Kino, Salzburg

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FESTIVALS

NAMRUD

will be screened at

NAFA Int. Ethnographic Film Festival, Romania 2018
9.00am, 14th September

KINDERS

will be screened at

Lucerne Festival, Switzerland 2018
11.00am, 18-19th and 25-26th August

ASHORE

won The Scam International Award
at Cinéma du Réel 2018, FR

will be screened at

Black Canvas Festival de Cine Contemporáneo, Mexico 2018
21st - 26th August

Festival Regards sur le Travail, Belgium 2018
7th October

ARE YOU SLEEPING, BROTHER JAKOB?

will be screened at

Filmfestival Kitzbühel, AT 2018
12.00am, 26th August

Festival international du film de Nancy, FR 2018
2.30pm, 31st August
4.30pm, 1st September

DIL LEYLA

will be screened at

Festival international du film de Nancy, FR 2018
4.30pm, 30th August
6.30pm, 1st September

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won NY PERSPECTIVES AWARD
at Winter Film Awards 2018, US

will be screened at

Flahertiana Int. Documentary FF, Russia 2018
4.40pm, 19th September

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