Scene from the film A Sea Change
Scene from the film A Sea Change
Scene from the film A Sea Change
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A Sea Change

  • Belgium
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A Sea Change takes its audience to the IBIS maritime boarding school in Ostend (BE). In the buildings that look out towards the sea, boys from six to sixteen sleep, eat and play. They learn how to read the sea, sail with a fishing boat and help haul in the catch. While the fishermen are at work, they observe the by-catch and stare across the deck. In the classrooms, the impetuous sea is captured in maps. On sea maps, there are no storms and there is no time.

The sea might seem timeless, but much is changing. The coast is permeated with nostalgia, as if the sea had turned its face to the past. Sooner or later the fishing fleet will disappear, together with many endangered species of fish. The fish auction hall of Ostend (BE) is in decay, the harbour coated in rust. Nonetheless, a new colour is appearing from underneath the peeling paint.


  • Original title
    Een idee van de zee
  • Direction
  • Screenplay
    Nina de Vroome
  • DOP
    Nina de Vroome
  • Editing
    Nina de Vroome, Sebastien Demeffe
  • Music
    De Beren Gieren
  • Sound
    Ruben Desiere, Liesbeth Beeckman, Hannes Verhoustraete, Yves Sondermeider, Chloë Delanghe, Mathijs Poppe, Sabrina Calmels, Rémi Gerard
  • Duration
    60 min (46-90 min.)
  • Year
  • Country
    • Belgium
  • Colour
    • Colour
  • Production
  • Festivals
    • Visions du Réel, Nyon 2016
    • Beursschouwburg Brussels 2016
    • KASKcinema Ghent 2016
    • Human Rights Film Festival 2016
    • Filmfestival Oostende 2016 is powered by Doc Alliance, a creative partnership of 7 key European documentary film festivals. Our aim is to advance the documentary genre, support its diversity and promote quality creative documentary films.

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