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Jonas and the Sea

English title: Jonas and the Sea
Original title: Zeezucht
German title: Jonas und das Meer
Netherlands, 2015, 12 min., no dialogue

Director: Marlies van der Wel
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+31 20 6391402

Age recommendation: 6 years and up
Film genre: Animation

All his life, Jonas’ deepest wish has been to become part of the underwater world. Alas, every single invention he’s built to help fulfil his dream has fallen short. Late in life, as a thick white beard has come to cover his face, old Jonas stumbles onto what may be the crucial piece which always managed to elude him. In the same fashion as Jonas constructs his submarines, Marlies van der Wel has assembled her animated film painstakingly by hand.

According to Marlies: “Jonas has a clear vision of what he wants. Ironically all the baggage that he accumulates during his life is what finally enables him to realise his dream. In “The Old Man and the Sea” Ernest Hemmingway wrote ‘My big fish must be somewhere’. This is the message I want people to take from JONAS AND THE SEA: find your big fish and go for it.

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tiff 2016 (awarded)
Generation 2016
Festival INternational de Cine de Mar del Plata 2016 (awarded)
Athens Animfest 2016 (awarded)
Klik 2016 (awarded)
International Animation Festival Hiroshima 2016 (awarded)
Festival International de Cine de Huesca 2016 (awarded)
Sundance 2017


Study guide: English