The Frozen Sea (Das Gefrorene Meer)

Screening: Saturday, June 14, 23:00 (BEST OF GERMANY II)


Country of Origin: Germany/Austria
Year of Production: 2007
Duration: 27’00“
Category: Fiction

Director: Lukas Miko
Screenplay: Lukas Miko
Cinematographer: Martin Gschlacht
Editor: Bernd Schlegel
Sounddesign: Ansgar Frerich
Producer: Sabine Lamby, Martin Gschlacht
Cast: Felix Steitz, Anna Schudt, Andreas Patton

Synopsis: His father’s frequent absence is a source of great sorrow for 8-year-old Marco. Even on Christmas Day he’s leaving – to work, according to Marco’s mother. Marco, however, suspects his mother’s bickering to be the real reason. When, later that day, Marco is sure he spotted his dad from a bus window, his confusion is complete. Are his parents hiding something from him? Or is he just fooled by his own longing? Marco puts himself and his parents to the test…

Festivals & Awards: LOLA for Best German Short Film 2007, Les Lutins Du Court-Metrage France 2008 (Longlist-Nominee), Paris Tout Court International Short Film Festival 2008 (Special Jury Award, Audience Award), Short Film Festival Bamberg Germany 2008 (Orlando-Jury Award, Best Short Film), International Short Film Festival Alpinale Austria 2007 (Audience Award), International Short Film Festival Dresden Germany 2007 (Audience Award), International Short Film Festival Palm Springs USA 2007 (Best of the Fest Selection), International Short Film Festival Jackson Hole USA 2008, Landshuter Kurzfilmtage Germany 2008, Bamberger Kurzfilmtage Germany 2008, International Short Film Festival of Drama Greece 2007, International Film Festival Rouyn-Noranda Canada 2007, International Film Festival Olympia Greece 2007, International Short Film Festival of Calcutta India 2007, International Film Festival Nairobi Kenya 2007, International Short Film Week Regensburg Germany 2007, Diagonale Graz Austria 2007, Max-Ophuels-Prize Saarbrücken Germany 2007, Grenzland Filmtage Germany 2007, Open-Air Festival Weiterstadt Germany 2007, Open-Air Filmnaechte Bonn Germany 2007, Open-Air Filmnaechte Dresden Germany 2007