THE SEA THAT THINKS
a feature film by Gert de Graaff
Studio Nieuwe Gronden & Theorema Film Productions
coproduced by NPS & NOB
The Sea That Thinks is a surprising film about itself. A film overflowing with twists and turns and new angles. It focuses on Bart, a scriptwriter who is writing the script for this film. In the film, Bart himself plays the scriptwriter writing the script of The Sea That Thinks. He types what he does and he does what he types.
In his film, he finds the answer to the urgent question: How do we find happiness? He uses stunning examples to show us that our world is only to be found in our consciousness. What is real and what is illusion? Do we believe in our dream world while we dream? Do we believe in the reality of film while we see it? And why? His combination of pictures and text has a hypnotic effect on the viewer. It provides an exciting, dislocating and humorous adventure.
Later it also becomes apparent that the film is not about this tormented scriptwriter at all. In a game filled with optical illusions and continually changing points of view, the surprised viewers gradually find out they are looking at themselves: How do I observe? What do I assume to be true? What do I think I see? What do I think I am? The viewer turns out to bear a striking similarity to the Sea that thinks it's a Tree.
International Documentary Festival Amsterdam 2000 - the Joris Ivens Award
Teplice Art Fiction festival 2001- the Golden Key Award for Best Camera, Special F.I.C.C. Jury Award
Dahlonega Film Festival 2001 - the Experimental Feature DIFF Award
Rhode Island Film Festival 2001 - Grand Prix Best Experimental Feature
Winecountry International Film Festival 2001 - Best Feature Film Award
Nomination European Discovery 2001 - Fassbinder Award
Gert de Graaff
lighting: Franc van Zutphen, Bert Hogenes
sound: Alex Booij
art direction: Floris Vos, Vincent de Pater
editing: Gert de Graaff, Jan Dop
head of production:: Annemiek van Gorp
produced by: René Scholten, René Huybrechtse
cast: Bart Klever, Rick de Leeuw, Don Duyns, Devika Strooker and others
format : 35 mm / digibeta NL, UK
this film was also financial made possible by :