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Mañana al mar

Mañana al mar
Scene from "Mañana al mar" (photo © Ines Thomsen)

Imagine the beach of Barcelona in winter. A deserted place, sometimes tough-winded, on the edge of the vibrating city, an open plane to the sea. Waves are coming and going. As are these few citizens, maybe called upon by the waves. Or is it them, who render visible something untimely and eternal in this fluid flux and reflux?

There is José, nearly 90, jogging through the sand and there is Paulina, an elderly lady, singing Cuban boleros from her youth while she swims in the icy sea, her crutch waiting outside. Furthermore we encounter Antonio, around 80, who scrutinizes the ocean from his self-built cemented throne on top of the coast's jagged rocks. The three of them, on the edge of life, are part of an elderly community, whose passion is to return every morning to the sea.

The film follows these lovely, humorous and utterly vivid individualists and thus becomes accomplice to their loves and lives, while they are challenging wind, weather and time. Consequently, the camera never leaves the beach, which appears to be their natural environment, a stage for an almost ritual encounter with the sea, whose rhythm determines the film.

"This funny, entertaining and patient work made us fall in love with these wonderful beach-philosophers and we are looking forward, that their stories will find their way into cinemas." (Jury of the Ohpuels Festival Saarbruecken)
Genre Culture, Society
Category Documentary
Year of Production 2006
Director Ines Thomsen
Screenplay Ines Thomsen
Cinematography Ines Thomsen
Lars Spaeth
Cast Paulina Ubiedo Pardo, José Boadas, Antonio Martín
Producers Christin Meyer, Anke Jungfleisch, Bettina Walter, Carles Brugueras
Production Companies gop03/Berlin, Polar Star Films/Barcelona, in co-production with ZDF, in cooperation with ARTE, Televisió de Catalunya/Barcelona, Filmuniversität Babelsberg KONRAD WOLF
Runtime 83 min
Format Super 16
Subtitled Versions English, German
Sound Technology Dolby SR
Festivals Ophuels Festival Saarbruecken 2006 (In Competition), Documenta Madrid 2006 (In Competition), Achtung Berlin 2007, L'Alternativa Barcelona 2006, Rencontres Internationales du Documentaire de Montreal 2006, It's All True Sao Paulo 2007
Awards Best Documentary Saarbruecken 2006, Best Documentary & Best Camera Achtung Berlin 2006, Prix Europa Television Award 2006, Best Documentary Sao Paulo 2007
With backing from Kulturelle Filmfoerderung Schleswig-Holstein, Institut Catalá de les Industries Culturales
German Distributor Real Fiction Filmverleih/Cologne

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