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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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NEWS

THIS LAND IS MY LAND

Premieren und Sonderveranstaltungen
in Anwesenheit der Filmemacherin:

1.9., 20:00 Uhr Kino am Dach, Wien
3.9., 18:30 Uhr KIZ Royalkino, Graz
4.9., 19:00 Uhr Metro Kinokulturhaus, Wien
7.9., 18:30 Uhr Leokino, Innsbruck
8.9., 18.30 Uhr Moviemento, Linz
8.9., 20:00 Uhr Programmkino Wels
9.9., 18:00 Uhr Kino im Kesselhaus, Krems
10.9., 18:30 Uhr Metro Kinokulturhaus, Wien
11.9., 20:00 Uhr Haydn Kino, Wien
13.9., 11:00 Uhr Filmhaus, Wien
16.9., 19:00 Uhr Breitenseer Lichtspiele, Wien
17.9., 18:30 Uhr Metro Kinokulturhaus, Wien

ab 4. September
in den österr. Kinos:

Metro Kinokulturhaus, Wien
Haydn Kino, Wien
Apollo Kino, Wien
Village Cinema, Wien
Cineplexx Millenium City, Wien
KIZ RoyalKino, Graz
Cineplexx Linz
Stadtkino Grein
Kino Gmünd
Kino Zwettl
Volkskino Klagenfurt
Filmstudio Villach
Lichtspiele Mittersill
Kino Eibiswald
Kino Oberpullendorf

ab 11. September
Leokino, Innsbruck
Moviemento, Linz
Programmkino Wels
Kino im Kesselhaus, Krems
City Kino Steyr
Star Movie Regau
Star Movie Wels
Star Movie Ried
Star Movie Steyr

ab 18. September
Top Kino, Wien
Breitenseer Lichtspiele, Wien
Annenhof Kino, Graz

weitere Kinos folgen.

DIE DOHNAL Frauenministerin / Feministin / Visionärin

in den österr. Kinos:

Top Kino, Wien
Actors Studio, Wien
KIZ Royalkino, Graz

ab 19.8. die künstlerei, Tamsweg
22.8. Oval, Salzburg
1.9. Kino Oberpullendorf
3.9. Filmcasino, Wien
17.9. Cineplexx Amstetten
19.9. INSEL, Scharnstein
27.9. MuKu, St. Johann
ab 7.10. Cinema Dornbirn
ab 25.10. EU XXL - Die Reihe
ab 28.10. Filmforum Bregenz
ab 30.10. Stadtkino Center Ternitz
2.11. Horizontale, Straden
9.12. Remise, Bludenz

AWARDS

 

DIAGONALE 2020

THE TROUBLE WITH BEING BORN
Großer Diagonale Preis -
Bester Spielfilm,
Beste künstlerische Montage,
Bestes Sounddesign,
Diagonale Schauspielpreis (Dominik Warta),
Thomas Pluch Drehbuchpreis

DIE DOHNAL
Großer Diagonale Preis -
Bester Dokumentarfilm,
Preis für außergewöhnliche Produktionsleistung

ROMY 2020

THE TROUBLE WITH BEING BORN
Bester Kinofilm

BACKSTAGE WIENER STAATSOPER
Judith Benedikt & Eva Testor
Beste Bildgestaltung Kinofilm

DOK.FEST MUNICH 2020

WEIYENA - EIN HEIMATFILM
VIKTOR DOK.deutsch Award

ETHNOCINECA 2020

WEIYENA - EIN HEIMATFILM
Austrian Documentary Award

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FESTIVALS

WEIYENA - THE LONG MARCH HOME

will be screened at

Festival DER NEUE HEIMATFILM, AT 2020
5.15 pm, 28th August
12.30 pm, 29th August

THE FEVER

will be screened at

Fünf Seen FF, DE 2020
4.30 pm, 4th September
7.30 pm, 4th September
6.00 pm, 5th September

Taiwan Int. Human Rights FF, TW 2020
7.30 pm, 4th September
7.00 pm, 24th September

DIE DOHNAL

will be screened at

Int. Frauenfilmfestival Dortmund/Köln, DE 2020
6.00 pm, 13th September

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