I dreamt I was a buoy. I am swimming in the sea wanting to the lighthouse on the island. But something captivates me. Something draws me. I can not leave. I drift to the right. I drift to the left. Ships are passing by, letting their noise from them. „Take me with you!“ I am left alone in the restless sea. The waves rear up, tower up over me and tumble down. I am at the same position every time. They told me I am the safety. I don´t have to fear. I am making perils under the water visible. I just want to walk with my feet. To feel my muscles when I set to my step. Under me the ground, sand between my toes.
In the darkness, the light shines between the waves. The lighthouse is not far.
Can a place be your home, where you have to give up your dreams?
WIE BOJEN IM MEER follows a group of five women friends around thirty in Thessaloniki. As daughters of Greek guest workers in Germany, they returned to their parents’ homeland. Today they are faced with the backdrop of a severe economic crisis and high unemployment in Greece. Some of them leave the city, yet fail to find happiness elsewhere. Others battle personal crises and strokes of fate. But the girls don´t give up. They fight to find their place in life.
The director is German-born to Greek parents. Berlin-based, she oscillates between two cultures. In intimate portraits, she tells the story of strong women and their quest to discover, who they are. And suddenly a dramatic experience situates the director in the middle of the Greek reality.
|Director||Stella Nikoletta Drossa|
|Screenplay||Irene Drossa & Stella Nikoletta Drossa|
|Film Edit||Danis Karaisaridis, Calle Overweg|
|Cinematography||Stella Nikoletta Drossa|
|Music||Lars Brämer, Achilleas Sourlas, Maria Loloni,
Stefanos Tzirtziropoulos, danis k
|Producer||Irene Drossa & Stella Nikoletta Drossa|
|Country of production||Greece, Germany|
|Language||Greek, German with English subtitles|
|World Premiere||19th Thessaloniki Documentary Festival|
|Festivals||4th International Documentary Festival of Ierapetra Awards|
|32nd Independent FilmFest Osnabrück|
|11th Docfest - Greek Documentary Festival|
|4th Peloponnese International Documentary Festival|
|16th Dhaka International Film Festival|
|13th SEEfest South East European Film Festival Los Angeles|
|2018 Brazilian International Labour Film Festival / Mostra CineTrabalho|
|16e Festival International Signes de Nuit Paris|
|32nd Griechische Filmwoche Munich|
|17th International Festival Signs of the Night Bangkok|
|More Screenings||German School of Thessaloniki - 15.07.17|
|Bildungswerk Berlin of Heinrich Boell Foundation / Educational Tour Thessaloniki - 18.11.17|
|Bildungswerk Berlin of Heinrich Boell Foundation - 03.05.18|
|Theater O-TonArt / Klick Kino - 27.06.18|
|Museum of European Cultures - 13.09.18|
|Theater tri-bühne Stuttgart / Series Greek Films - 14.10.18|
|Cinema Zazie in Coop Heinrich Boell Foundation - 13.11.18|
|Bildungswerk Berlin of Heinrich Boell Foundation / Educational Trip Athens - 09.10.19|
|Cinema Lichtspiel Bamberg in Coop MIB - 20.10.19|
|Goethe Institute Thessaloniki / Heinrich Boell Foundation - 21.10.19|
|TV premiere||ERT3 - 01.02.18 / 29.11.18 / 24.03.19|
|Nomination||37th International URTI Grand Prix for Author’s Documentary|
|Awards||2nd Award for Best Documentary Feature - Docfest Greek Documentary Festival|
|Director's Award - Docfest Greek Documentary Festival|