Als die Welle brach ... / As the wave broke ...

As the wave broke…

The odyssey of a woman (40 years old) on the almost hopeless search for a life that does not seem like hell, after suffering the most terrible abuse and loss of her only consolation. She finds the answer for a life-affirming path beyond all clichés, until the wave breaks. Her key of success: unconditional love and freedom.

A violin lies in the sand, washed by leaking ocean waves. We hear a male voice.

Following sceneries:

PAIN
Julia runs along the beach and we hear her thoughts.

LOSS
Julia runs into the forest as she remembers something. The cry of despair seems to break through time and space. A person approaches Julia and seems to calm her with his hand without actually touching her. A male voice tells her something. The figure moves away.

MYTH OR TRUTH
Julia is sitting in her light-flooded living room at her laptop, where she is working on her book. You can hear her thoughts. Julia is torn from her thoughts by doorbells. As she continues writing, someone is knocking on her outside window. She lets him in more or less. Both are talking to each other, but Julia is feeling disturbed be Ricky.
A flashback shows both of them fooling around the beach. At last Ricky wants to kiss Julia but she backs off.
We see her again on the laptop, the argument escalates and she quickly throws Ricky out of her place.

WISE WORDS
Julia is walking towards the sea. We can hear her thoughts. She looks different now.

ODYSSEY
A man walks towards a bench with a book in his hand. It is the same one whose shoes and legs had appeared in Julia's forest. He sits down and begins to read. Something in the book made him look after the lighthouse in the background next to the bank. We can hear how he is reading out oft he book. Something seams to bother him. At the end we can see deepest pain, longing and tornness in his eyes.
ONE
Julia and the man stand side by side on the beach. Their faces are facing the sea. His hand tries to take hers, but she runs towards the sea. He is looking after her. You can see him smiling. She turns to him and extends her open hand towards him.
We see the black and white photo of a man from the past sitting at a typewriter and hear the same text as at the beginning oft he movie.

The End

  • Alexandra Bekiou
    Director
  • Alexandra Bekiou
    Writer
  • Michael Marwitz
    Writer
  • Alexandra Bekiou
    Producer
  • Katerina Giannakopoulou
    Key Cast
    "Julia"
  • Micky Jukovic
    Key Cast
    "Ricky"
  • Michael Marwitz
    Key Cast
    "Key Part"
  • Project Type:
    Experimental, Short
  • Genres:
    Drama, Biography
  • Runtime:
    22 minutes 11 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    February 15, 2020
  • Production Budget:
    6,800 EUR
  • Country of Origin:
    Germany
  • Country of Filming:
    Netherlands
  • Language:
    German
  • Shooting Format:
    Red Raven
  • Aspect Ratio:
    2.35:1
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    Yes
  • Student Project:
    No
  • Montreal International Indie Short Film Awards Montreal
    Montreal
    Canada
    Best Experimental Film
  • New York Film Awards
    New York
    United States
    Best Actress (Katerina Giannakopoulou)
  • Los Angeles Film Awards Los Angeles Film Awards
    Los Angeles
    United States
    Honorable Mention for Inspirational Film
  • Prague International Monthly Film Festival
    Prague
    Czech Republic
    Best Film Poster
  • Hollywood New Directors
    Hollywood
    United States
    Honorable Mention for Film Vision
  • New York Film Awards
    New York
    United States
    Best First Time Director
  • Los Angeles Film Awards

    Inspirational Woman in a Film-Katerina Giannakopoulou
  • Los Angeles Film Awards

    Best Supporting Actor-Micky Jukovic
  • New York Film Awards

    Inspirational Woman in a Film-Katerina Giannakopoulou
  • New York Film Awards

    Best Supporting Actor-Micky Jukovic
  • New York International Film Awards

    Best First Time Director
  • New York International Film Awards

    Inspirational Film
  • New York International Film Awards

    Best Acting Ensemble
  • New York Movie Awards
    New York
    United States
    Best Experimental Film
  • Paris Play International Film Festival
    Paris
    France
    Best Score Finalist - Astrolaut
  • Bridge Fest
    Vancouver
    Canada
    Winner Best Short
  • Top Shorts
    Los Angeles
    United States
    Honorable Mention for Inspirational Film
  • Top Shorts
    Los Angeles
    United States
    Best Supporting Actor-Micky Jukovic
  • Cyrus International Monthly Festival of Toronto
    Toronto
    Canada
    Best Short Narrative
  • Silk Road Film Awards Cannes
    Cannes
    France
    February 13, 2021
    Theatre Alexandre III
    Best Inspirational Film
  • Phoenix Monthly Short Film Festival
    Toronto
    Canada
    Silver Mention Best Social Justice Film
  • Filmcon Awards
    New York
    United States
    Best Picture, Best Indie Film, Best actress
  • Vegas Movie Awards
    Las Vegas
    United States
    Best Inspirational Film Award of Merit
  • Vegas Movie Awards
    Las Vegas
    United States
    Best Supporting Actor-Micky Jukovic-Award of Prestige
  • Sicily Independent Film Awards
    Sicily
    Italy
    Best Experimental Directing
  • Oniros Film Awards®
    New York
    United States
    Best First Time Director
  • Short Cine Fest

    Best Director of the Short
  • Golden Earth Film Award
    Istanbul
    Turkey
    Best First Time Director
  • Top Indie Film Awards
    Tokio
    Japan
    Best Music
  • Top Indie Film Awards
    Tokio
    Japan
    Best Message
  • Festigious International Film Festival
    Los Angeles
    United States
    Best Indie Filmmaker
  • Golden Wheat Awards
    Istanbul
    Turkey
    Best Jury Special Section
  • Imagine Rain Film Awards
    Silicon Valley
    United States
    Best Female Filmmaker
  • Imagine Rain Film Awards
    Silicon Valley
    United States
    Grand Jury Price Best Inspirational Film
  • Big Apple Film Festival
    New York
    United States
    November 13, 2020
    Official Selection
  • MP Film Award

    United States
    Best Screenplay
  • MP Film Award

    United States
    Best Female Actress
  • MP Film Award

    United States
    Best Male Actor
  • Bridges International Film Festival
    Korinth
    Greece
    December 23, 2020
    Best Art Film
  • Platonic Film Competition
    Punjab
    India
    Best Debut Film
  • Amsterdam World International Film Festival
    Amsterdam
    Netherlands
    December 6, 2020
  • Athens International Monthly Art Film Festival
    Athens
    Greece
    Honorable Mention
  • London Indie Short Festival of 24 Frames
    London
    United Kingdom
    London Indie Short Festival of 24 Frames
    Best Narrative Short
  • ARFF Amsterdam
    Amsterdam
    Netherlands
    Honorable Mention for Best Short Film
  • Monthly Indie Short

    Best Film Poster
  • Oasis Inter Continental Film Festival
    Mumbai
    India
    Best Short Film
  • Hollywood International Golden Age Festival
    New York
    United States
    Honorable Mention Best Experimental Short
  • Direct Monthly Online Film Festival
    Michigan
    United States
    Best Short Film Januar 2021
  • The Lift-Off Sessions
    Iver
    United Kingdom
    February 15, 2021
    Official Selection
  • Beyond Earth Film Festival

    India
    Best Short Film
  • Beyond Earth Film Festival

    India
    Best Movie Poster
  • New Jersey Film Awards
    New Jersey
    United States
    Best International Short
  • Accord Cine Fest

    India
    Best Drama Short
  • International Film Festival of Ahmednagar
    Ahmednagar
    India
    Best Short Film 2021
  • Screen Power Film Festival
    London
    United Kingdom
    Honorable Mention
  • Thessaloniki Free Short Film Festival
    Thessaloniki
    Greece
    Best Cinematography
  • Bridge Fest
    Vancouver
    Canada
    Best Supporting Actor Annual Award
  • Art Film Awards
    Skopje
    Macedonia, the former Yugoslav Republic of
    Best Actress
  • Nawada International Film Festival
    Nawada
    India
    Best Foreign Short
  • Continental International Film Awards

    Best European Women Director
  • Queen Palm International Film Festival
    Palm Springs
    United States
    Best Short First Time Filmmaker
  • Roshani (Reels) International Film Festival
    Aurangabad, Maharashtra
    India
    Best Experimental Film
  • WILDsound FEEDBACK Film Festival
    Toronto
    Canada
    Best Performance
  • 21 Filmfestspiele Karlsruhe Independent days
    Karlsruhe
    Germany
    September 23, 2021
    Germany Premiere
    Audience Award
  • Anatolian Short Film Festival
    Istanbul
    Turkey
    Best Director
  • Taiwan International Short Film Festival
    Taiwan
    Taiwan
    Best Debut Director Short Film
  • Taiwan International Short Film Festival
    Taiwan
    Taiwan
    Best Women´s Film - Short Film
  • Taiwan International Short Film Festival
    Taiwan
    Taiwan
    Best Experimental Short Film
  • Taiwan International Short Film Festival
    Taiwan
    Taiwan
    Best International Short Film
  • ADIFF-Actor & Director Awards
    Saint Petersburg
    Russian Federation
    Best Female First Time Director
  • Wallachia Int´l Film Festival
    Bucharest
    Romania
    Honorable Mention Short Film
  • The Short Film Awards SOFIES
    New York
    United States
    Outstanding Technical Work
  • WRPN Women´s International Film Festival
    Delaware
    United States
    Outstanding Excellence
  • Global Film Festival Awards
    Los Angeles
    United States
    Best Original Content
  • Global Film Festival Awards
    Los Angeles
    United States
    Honorable Mention Best 1st Time Director
  • Global Film Festival Awards
    Los Angeles
    United States
    Best Supporting Actor - Michael Marwitz
  • Global Film Festival Awards
    Los Angeles
    United States
    Best Cinematography
  • Global Film Festival Awards
    Los Angeles
    United States
    Best Drama Short
  • Global Film Festival Awards
    Los Angeles
    United States
    Honorable Mention Best Ensemble Cast
  • Wallachia Int'l Film Festival
    Bucharest
    Romania
    Honorable Mention
  • Under the Stars International Film Festival
    Bari
    Italy
    Best Female Director
  • Golden Giraffe Film Festival
    Nice
    France
    Honorable Mention Best Scenography
Director Biography - Alexandra Bekiou

VITA - Filmbiography „assistant director - location manager - director”
Production, Shooting period, Position
Darwins Law (Longmovie) - Matthias Olof Eich
Owner of Praetoria Productions
Dez. 2014-Jan. 2016
A.D., Setrunner, Location Manager, Actress
EXKLAVE (Shortmovie), Academy of Arts Münster
Alexander Liedtke / Simon Tilly
17.11.-20.11.2017
A.D.
Danke Papa, (Student Shortmovie), Leander Kupferer / Henry Kho
08.02.-12.02.2018
A.D.
AURA (Student Shortmovie), Movie Academy Schwerte,
Jaroscha Kressin
12.05.-21.05.2018
Co-Producer, A.D.
SMARTRICITY (Commercial)
Smartricity – Schmidt & Hasler &Henneberg GbR
28.05.-31.05.2018
A.D.
Joris Schwarz & Jan Andrees
(Commercial) for SALVEA
Gesundheitszentrum
11.-12.10.2018
Location Manager
Als die Welle brach … (Reference Shortmovie) Alexandra Bekiou
10.-15.10.2019 Scriptwriter, Director, Producer

Das Portrait meines Vaters
Jan./Febr. 2020
Diploma short movie of Maximilian Haan
Film Academy Hamburg

The Lost Picture (Pilot für webserie)
11.06.-14.06.2020
einfach film GmbH
Director: Jakob Gisik
A.D. on Set

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Director Statement

My name is Alexandra Bekiou, I am 46 years old and I have been involved in filmmaking for over 7 years. Since I had the opportunity to help everywhere on the set, I learned the truss independently at the focus of assistant director and location manager. My goal was to take part of a biography filmed at some point. I have a good empathy, I have a creative, photographic eye, I like working with actors very much and I encourage them during the filming, because above all I want to express feelings with facial expressions and gestures. In this film I separated the different scenes by chapter headings. The voice-over of the two actors, actress Katerina Giannakopoulou and actor, and co-author, Michael Marwitz, were words and wisdom from my father. There is only one dialogue scene in the entire film. My goal was to show feelings and thoughts without direct language. I also plan to make my feature film out of it in the near future. Through this biography I would like to have the content filmed in such a way that abused people can see that freedom and unconditional love could be a redeeming goal, and that they are therefore not necessarily forced to spend time of their remaining life in the world having to consider themselves in a victim role.