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To See the Sea

English title: To See the Sea
Original title: Pojedeme k mori
German title: Ab ans Meer!
Czech Republic, 2014

Director: Madl, Jiri
Production company: Bio Illusion
Co-producers: Czech Television
Age recommendation: 9 years and up

Synopsis:
The main character of the story is a ten-year-old boy named Thomas, who is the narrator, cameraman and director of his film! He receives a video camera for his birthday and decides to shoot a movie just like Miloš Forman. Therefore, he becomes the narrator, cameraman and director of a deeply human story, thanks to which we get to know his family, mommy, daddy, grandma, school, friends…

The story does not lack a big detective investigation which attempts to uncover daddy’s carefully hidden secret. Thomas suspects his father is seeing “another Mrs.” and decides to do everything possible to prevent his father from leaving the family. The audience sees the story unfold through the eyes of an innocent child, with typical child honesty and heartwarming humor.

In the end, little Thomas will manage to unveil a big family secret…a moment which will shock and move the audience...

Comments:
German website:
www.abansmeer.com

Marketing strategies:
"World’s first film made (as if) by a kid. This technique allows us to perceive the world through the eyes of a child as rarely seen before." (production note)

Festivals:
Zlin 2014 (awarded), Kinderfilmfest Munich 2014, Seoul IYFF 2014, Zürich IFF 2014, Schlingel Chemnitz 2014, Kinodiseea Bucharest 2014, Vienna 2014, Juniorfest Plzen 2014 (awarded), Vienna CFF 2014, Oulu 2014, Europees Jeugdfilmfestival Vlaanderen Antwerp & Brugge 2015, FIFEM Montreal 2015 (awarded)

Study guide: German

World sales address/es:
Arrow (CA)

Sold to:
Der Filmverleih (DE)
Bundesverband Jugend und Film (D)