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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.
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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

DIE DOHNAL Frauenministerin / Feministin / Visionärin

Sonderveranstaltungen
mit Podiumsdiskussionen:

3.3., 19.30 Uhr, Admiral Kino, Wien
3.3., 20.30 Uhr, Votivkino, Wien
5.3., 18.00 Uhr, Programmkino Wels
5.3., 20.15 Uhr, Kino Freistadt

regulär in folgenden Kinos:

Filmcasino, Wien
Votivkino, Wien
Actors Studio, Wien
Village Wien Mitte
Cineplexx Donauplex, Wien
Urania Kino, Wien
Moviemento, Linz
KIZ Royalkino, Graz
Volkskino, Klagenfurt
Wulfenia Kino, Klagenfurt
Leokino, Innsbruck
Das Kino, Salzburg
Cinema Paradiso, St. Pölten
Cinema Paradiso, Baden
Programmkino Wels
City Kino, Steyr
Filmstudio Villach
Kino im Kesselhaus, Krems
Stadtkino Grein
Rio Kino, Feldkirch

ab 28.2. in folgenden Kinos:

Cineplexx Parndorf
Cineplexx Linz
Geidorf Kunstkino, Graz

einzelne Vorstellungen:

29.2.
Kunsthaus Nexus, Saalfelden
1.3.
Siegfried Freud Universität, Wien
ab 3.3.
Kino Kirchdorf
5.3.
Kino Freistadt
Dieselkino Bruck
Filmszene Ottensheim
6.3.
Kino Oberpullendorf
Das Zentrum, Radstadt
Star Movie, Regau
Kinotreff Leone, Bad Leonfelden (ab 6.3.)
FMZ Kino Imst (ab 6.3.)
7.3.
Bertholdsaal Weyer
Gaspoltshofen
8.3.
Kinoklub Miniplex, Mank
Stadtkino Center Laa
Lichtspiele Gföhl
Lichtspiele Lenzing
Kino Eibiswald
Kronen Kino, Mistelbach
Star Movie, Tulln
Diesel Kinos
Stadtkino Horn
Cine4You, Hartberg (ab 8.3.)
Kino Baden (ab 8.3.)
Kino Ebensee (ab 8.3.)
9.3.
Kino Gmünd
Lichtspiele Mittersill (ab 9.3.)
10.3.
Star Movie, Ried
11.3.
Diesel Kino, Oberwart
12.3.
Kino Lienz
Kino Zwettl

DAS FIEBER

ab 24. April 2020
in den österr. Kinos

KINDER UNTER DECK

in deutschen Kinos

in Anwesenheit der Filmemacherin
Bettina Henkel

cine-k, Oldenburg
11.3., 19.30 Uhr
KoKi Hannover
12.3., 19.30 Uhr
Gerhart Hauptmann Haus, Düsseldorf
14.3., 12.00 Uhr
Filmgalerie, Regensburg
21.4.
Universum Filmtheater, Braunschweig
27.4., 19.00 Uhr, ohne Regiegespräch
3.5., 11.15 Uhr, ohne Regiegespräch

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FESTIVALS

THE FEVER

will be screened at

Human Int. Documentary Film Festival, NO 2020
5.00 pm, 25th February
4.00 pm, 1st March

One World Film Festival, CZ 2020
8.30 pm, 10th March
5.30 pm, 11th March
10.00 pm, 14th March

NAMRUD (Troublemaker)

will be screened at

Ciné-Palestine Toulouse, FR 2020
8.30pm, 2nd March

DIE DOHNAL

will be screened at

Int. Frauenfilmfestival, Germany 2020
9.30 pm, 28th March

Bolzano Film Festival, Italy 2020
21st - 26th April

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