Film Info: FARBE DES OZEANS, DIE

COLOR OF THE OCEAN (FARBE DES OZEANS, DIE)

COLOR OF THE OCEAN
COLOR OF THE OCEAN (photo © Pere Pueyo)

Canary Island cop José has become callous and cynical. As a border patrolman, he has to decide the fate of hundreds of African boat people that wash ashore on the Spanish island paradise. When German tourist Nathalie witnesses the arrival of a boatload of refugees and starts helping out on the spot, the lives of José, Nathalie and Congolese Zola, one of the few survivors with his son Mamadou, become fatefully intertwined. Over the objections of her husband Paul, Nathalie helps Zola try to escape from internment camp. But instead of freedom, he finds himself at the hands of criminal smugglers. When José blames himself for the death of his drug-addicted sister Marielle on New Year’s Eve, and Nathalie gets ever more deeply involved in Zola’s fate, José is forced to rethink his attitude. It’s up to him to decide. But to free someone, you may have to free yourself first.

COLOR OF THE OCEAN is a gripping and moving story about humanity and responsibility with the essential focus of the human dilemma of when to get involved or not.


Maggie Peren was born in 1974 in Heidelberg. She wrote her first screenplay, VERGISS AMERIKA (dir: Vanessa Jopp), in 1997 while studying Literature in Munich, during which time she also wrote the screenplay to Dennis Gansel's Grimme Award-winning TV thriller DAS PHANTOM. Her other highly-acclaimed, awarding-winning screenplays include: MÄDCHEN MÄDCHEN, GANZ UND GAR, KISS AND RUN, MEINE ELTERN, NAPOLA, HÄNDE WEG VON MISSISSIPPI, her directorial debut HYPOCHONDER (short), her first feature SPECIAL ESCORT (STELLUNGSWECHSEL), and COLOR OF THE OCEAN (DIE FARBE DES OZEANS, 2011).
Genre Drama
Category Feature
Year of Production 2011
Director Maggie Peren
Screenplay Maggie Peren
Cinematography Armin Franzen
Cast Alex Gonzalez, Sabine Timoteo, Hubert Koundé, Friedrich Mücke, Nathalie Poza
Producers Thomas Klimmer, Boris Jendreyko
Production Company Südart Filmproduktion/Munich, in co-production with Starhaus Filmproduktion/Munich, El Olivo Producciones Audiovisuales/Alicante, Noirfilm/Karlsruhe, 40°Filmproduktion/Munich, BR, ARTE, SWR
Length 95 min
Format 35 mm, color, cs
Original Version
 German, Spanish, French
Subtitled Versions English, German
Sound Technology Dolby 5.1
Festivals Toronto 2011, Zurich 2011, Hamptons 2011, Rio 2011, Sevilla 2011, Plus Cameraimage 2011, Tallinn Black Nights 2012
Awards VGF Producer's Award 2012
With backing from FilmFernsehFonds Bayern, German Federal Film Board, MFG Baden-Württemberg, German Federal Film Fund
German Distributor STUDIOCANAL/Berlin

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