Episode Of The Sea

Lonnie van Brummelen and Siebren de Haan
NL / 2013 / 63 min
Sunday 8 May / 18.30

With an introduction by Jelle Bouwhuis of Stedelijk Museum Bureau Amsterdam, who will also moderate a Q&A with the filmmakers.

Formerly an island unto itself, Urk has remained a fishing town despite government pressure to adopt agriculture. The village thus has retained a distinctively archaic aura: its residents speak a distinctive dialect, religion plays a key role in the community, and certain outmoded customs remain lodged in the present.

Over the course of two years of research, observation, and participation, Lonnie van Brummelen and Siebren de Haan devised a dozen scenes that were then performed by members of the fishing community themselves. Drawing parallels between fishing and filming, the artists situate the community's daily laboring life within a globalized context of fluctuating regulations and excessive international competition. A collaboration that resulted into a playful documentary where both filmmakers and fishermen embed their involvement into the film’s fabric through clever enjoyable means.


About the directors

Dutch artists and filmmakers Lonnie van Brummelen and Siebren de Haan live and work in Amsterdam and Paramaribo. Working together since 2002, they produce film installations, sculpture and collages that explore cultural and geopolitical landscapes. Their projects involve extensive fieldwork and long-term collaborations.

Episode Of The Sea is included in the travelling exhibition ‘World of Matter’ and has screened at international festivals such as TIFF, CPX:DOX, MoMA Docs Fortnight, IDFA and the Environmental Film Festival of Mexico. Episode of the Sea received the Lawrence Kasdan Award for Best Narrative Film at the Ann Arbor Festival 2015.


“The juxtaposition of real footage with theatrical monologues and conversations offers unexpectedly touching and revealing results.”

“Though esoteric even for art house, the film will win admirers in fest and niche bookings, prompting many to hope the duo will continue to make movies a part of their artistic output.”
- Hollywood Reporter

“Besides its stunning cinematography and mythic tone Episode Of The Sea is also marked by droll humor and Kaurismäkian charisma as the participants infuse the film with their own idiosyncratic personalities and convictions.”


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